Rugged coastal mountains and the windswept Hebrides
islands were the home of the first family to use the name McSparran. It was originally given to a person who carried a sporran,
which is the purse worn with the kilt in Highland Scottish dress. The Gaelic form of the surname is Mac-an-sporain,
which means son of the purse.
Early Origins of the McSparran family
The surname McSparran was first found in on the Isle of Iona
, where they held a family seat
from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Scotland
to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
Early History of the McSparran family
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McSparran Spelling Variations
Many spelling variations
of McSparran have been recorded over the years, including MacSporran, MacSparran and others.
Early Notables of the McSparran family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the McSparran family to the New World and Oceana
Scottish settlers arrived in many of the communities that became the backbones of the United States and Canada. Many stayed, but some headed west for the endless open country of the prairies. In the American War of Independence
, many Scots who remained loyal to the Crown re-settled in Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Scots across North America were able to recover much of their lost heritage in the 20th century as Clan
societies and highland games sprang up across North America. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first McSparrans to arrive on North American shores:
McSparran Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Archibald McSparran, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1773
- Archibald McSparran, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1773 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
McSparran Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Archibald and Malcolm McSparran, who settled in New York State in 1833
Contemporary Notables of the name McSparran (post 1700)
- John A. McSparran, American Democrat politician, Democratic Candidate for Governor of Pennsylvania, 1922, 1934; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1924, 1928 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 14) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
The McSparran Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Per mare per terras
Motto Translation: By sea and by land.