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Early Origins of the Stracken family


The surname Stracken was first found in Kincardineshire (Gaelic: A' Mhaoirne), a former county on the northeast coast of the Grampian region of Scotland, and part of the Aberdeenshire Council Area since 1996, where the family sometimes spelled their Strachen or Straughan. The family derive their name from the valley of the Aan (Strath Aan). The earliest record of the Clan was in 1057 AD, when they accompanied King Malcolm Canmore northward in his attempt to overthrow the King MacBeth after his usurpation of the Scottish throne. The Clan Strachan was one of the major Clans participating in the Battle of Lumphanen, 25 miles west of Aberdeen. MacBeth died in the Battle on the 15th day of August, 1057 AD. MacBeth's Cairn may still be seen there to this day. Later it is recorded in 1165 AD that a Walderus de Strathecan had extensive territories in the lands of Strachan (pronounced Stawn, but many in North America have now reverted to the original pronunciation of Stracken).

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Early History of the Stracken family

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Early History of the Stracken family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Stracken research.
Another 541 words (39 lines of text) covering the years 1165, 1200, 1268, 1278, 1342, 1361, 1400, 1600, 1463, 1684, 1650, 1799, 1671, 1662 and 1671 are included under the topic Early Stracken History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Stracken Spelling Variations

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Stracken Spelling Variations


Spelling variations of this family name include: Strachan, Strawn, Strachen, Straughan, Straghan and many more.

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Early Notables of the Stracken family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the Stracken family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Stracken family to Ireland

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Migration of the Stracken family to Ireland


Some of the Stracken family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Stracken family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the Stracken family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Stracken Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Charles Stracken, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mermaid" in 1859

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The Stracken Motto

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The Stracken 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: Non timeo, sed caveo
Motto Translation: I fear not but am cautious


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