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Where did the Scottish Strain family come from? What is the Scottish Strain family crest and coat of arms? When did the Strain family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Strain family history?


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

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).


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Strain 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 Strain History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 23 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Strain Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Strain family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 171 words(12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Strain Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William, Hugh, Mary, John, James, and Jane Strain all settled in New England in 1805
  • Jane Strain, who arrived in America in 1805
  • Jas Strain, who landed in America in 1805
  • John Strain, who arrived in America in 1805
  • Hugh Strain, who arrived in America in 1805

Strain Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James Strain, aged 32, a miner, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Omega"


  • Julie Strain (b. 1962), American actress and model
  • Christina Strain, American comic book colorist currently working with Marvel Comics
  • Michael Gene "Mike" Strain (b. 1959), the first American Republican ever elected to the position of Commissioner of Agriculture
  • Joseph Allan Strain (b. 1954), American professional baseball player
  • John Menzies Strain (1810-1883), American Roman Catholic clergyman
  • Neil Strain (b. 1926), Canadian professional ice hockey player


  • The Strain Family: A Genealogy of the Descendants of Andrew Strain, Sr., of North Carolina by James C. Parker.

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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  6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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  10. 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).
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The Strain Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Strain 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.

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