Early Origins of the Straughen family
The surname Straughen 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).
Early History of the Straughen family
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Straughen Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Strachan, Strawn, Strachen, Straughan, Straghan and many more.
Early Notables of the Straughen family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Straughen family to Ireland
Some of the Straughen family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Straughen family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: William Straughan settled in Virginia in 1635; George Straughan settled in New Jersey in 1773; James Straham settled in Maryland in 1774; Robert Strachan settled in New England
The Straughen 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