Schan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Schan family

The surname Schan was first found in Aberdeenshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Obar Dheathain), a historic county, and present day Council Area of Aberdeen, located in the Grampian region of northeastern Scotland, where they held a family seat from ancient times, some say as early as the 12th century. In this county the name has been found in the parishes of Fyvie, Drumblade, Auchterless, Culsalmond, Forgue, Turriff, Gamrie and King Edward. The family is said, by C.F. Shand, the family historian, to be descended from Philibert de Shaunde, Earl of Bath in 1485, who in turn, was descended from a noble house in Normandy. The Earl of Bath, Philibert Shaunde, was created by King Henry II of England and Normandy. Philibert was styled by the King as "Consanguineus noster.".

Early History of the Schan family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Schan research. Another 48 words (3 lines of text) covering the year 1522 is included under the topic Early Schan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Schan Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Shand, Chand, Schand, Chandai, Shandscross, Shawnd and many more.

Early Notables of the Schan family (pre 1700)

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

Migration of the Schan family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: A. Shand who arrived in San Francisco, California, in 1852.



The Schan 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: Virtute duce comite fortuna
Motto Translation: With valor my leader and good fortune my companion.


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