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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.

McSparran Early Origins



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.

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McSparran Spelling Variations


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McSparran Spelling Variations



Many spelling variations of McSparran have been recorded over the years, including MacSporran, MacSparran and others.

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McSparran Early History


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McSparran Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McSparran research. Another 227 words (16 lines of text) covering the year 1745 is included under the topic Early McSparran History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McSparran Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McSparran Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early McSparran Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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 Ameri ca. 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

McSparran Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Archibald and Malcolm McSparran settled in New York State in 1833

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Contemporary Notables of the name McSparran (post 1700)


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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

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Motto


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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.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    2. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and Don Pottinger. Clan Map Scotland of Old. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1983. Print.
    3. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and David Hicks. The Highland Clans The Dynastic Origins, Cheifs and Background of the Clans. New York: C.N. Potter, 1968. Print.
    4. Black, George F. The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3).
    5. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    6. Skene, William Forbes Edition. Chronicles of the Picts, Chronicles of the Scots and Other Early Memorials of Scottish History. Edinburgh: H.M. General Register House, 1867. Print.
    7. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
    8. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    9. Moody David. Scottish Family History. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0806312688).
    10. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
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    The McSparran Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McSparran Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 14 January 2016 at 09:08.

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