Origins Available: Irish
Hundreds of years ago, the Gaelic name used by the McKewen family in Ireland
was Mac Eogain in Connacht
, and Mac Eoin in east Ulster
. Both of these names connote a son of John, or a son of Owen.
Early Origins of the McKewen family
The surname McKewen was first found in County Sligo
(Irish: Sligeach), in the province of Connacht
in Northwestern Ireland
, where the first people to use this surname are thought to have originated. Soon thereafter, the name was also found in neighboring Leitrim.
Early History of the McKewen family
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McKewen Spelling Variations
A name was often recorded during the Middle Ages under several different spelling variations
during the life of its bearer because literacy was rare there was no real push to clearly define any of the languages found in the British Isles at that time. Variations found of the name McKewen include Keon, MacKeon, MacKeown, MacKewan, MacKoun, MacWing, Hone, MacOwen, Mageown and many more.
Early Notables of the McKewen family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the McKewen family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
McKewen Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Donald McKewen, aged 21, who arrived in Canada in 1812
Contemporary Notables of the name McKewen (post 1700)
- Stan McKewen, American head basketball coach for the Arkansas Razorbacks (1942-1944) and (1945-1948)
- Trevor McKewen, New Zealand CEO for the Auckland Warriors in the 1999 season
- Camilla McKewen, Australian musician, known for her work with Clairy Browne & The Bangin’ Rackettes
- Terence Mortimer McKewen JP OBE, New Zealand jurist awarded Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1963