Straughan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Straughan family

The surname Straughan 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 in 1165 AD, 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).

Early History of the Straughan family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Straughan research. Another 271 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1165, 1200, 1268, 1278, 1342, 1361, 1400, 1600, 1463, 1684, 1650, 1799, 1671, 1662, 1671, 1652, 1651, 1777, 1760, 1828 and are included under the topic Early Straughan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Straughan Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Straughan family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the Clan at this time was David Strachan (died 1671), Church of Scotland prelate, Bishop of Brechin (1662-1671). Archibald Strachan (died 1652) was a Scottish soldier from Musselburgh, Edinburghshire who fought in the Wars of the Three Kingdoms, reaching the rank of Colonel. He was excommunicated at Perth on 12 January 1651; in April he was declared a traitor and his goods were...
Another 64 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Straughan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Straughan family to Ireland

Some of the Straughan family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 93 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Straughan migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Straughan Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Straughan, who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • William Straughan, aged 22, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 [1]
  • Richard Straughan, who arrived in Virginia in 1696 [1]
Straughan Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Tho Straughan, who landed in Virginia in 1714 [1]
  • David Straughan, who landed in Virginia in 1714 [1]
  • George Straughan, who settled in New Jersey in 1773

Contemporary Notables of the name Straughan (post 1700) +

  • Joe Straughan (b. 1965), American professional football player
  • FiL Straughan, American-British soul singer
  • Nile Straughan, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Virginia 1st District, 1950 [2]
  • Jerry E. Straughan, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 2008 [2]
  • Evelyn Straughan, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Virginia, 1960 [2]
  • E. J. Straughan, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from North Carolina, 1960 [2]
  • C. H. Straughan, American Republican politician, Candidate for West Virginia State House of Delegates from Logan County, 1958 [2]
  • Associate Professor Paulin Tay Straughan, academic and Nominated Member of Parliament (NMP) in Singapore (2009-2012)
  • Peter Straughan (b. 1968), English playwright and author


The Straughan 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


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 10) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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