Strawn History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Strawn family

The surname Strawn 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 Strawn family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Strawn 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 Strawn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Strawn Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Strawn 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...
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Strawn Ranking

In the United States, the name Strawn is the 5,251st most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [1]

Ireland Migration of the Strawn family to Ireland

Some of the Strawn 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 Strawn migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Strawn Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • W.S Strawn, aged 49, who immigrated to the United States, in 1894
  • Uyra Strawn, aged 23, who settled in America, in 1896
  • Julia S. Strawn, aged 27, who immigrated to America, in 1896
Strawn Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Chas. Strawn, aged 26, who landed in America from England, in 1903
  • Cydia Strawn, aged 55, who immigrated to the United States, in 1906
  • Nellie Strawn, aged 43, who landed in America, in 1906
  • Ethel Byron Strawn, aged 25, who immigrated to the United States, in 1907
  • S. H. Strawn, who immigrated to the United States, in 1908
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Strawn (post 1700) +

  • Matthew "Matt" Strawn (b. 1974), American businessman
  • Rick Strawn, former Atlanta police officer who now runs a youth transport firm
  • Silas Hardy Strawn (1866-1946), prominent Chicago lawyer
  • Susan Strawn, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for Judge of Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, 2008 [2]
  • Marjorie O. Strawn, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from North Carolina, 1996 [2]
  • John Strawn, American Democratic Party politician, Postmaster at Moundsville, Virginia, 1858-61 [2]
  • James W. Strawn, American Republican politician, Candidate for West Virginia State House of Delegates 30th District, 2010 [2]
  • Harry C. Strawn, American politician, Mayor of Springfield, Missouri, 1981 [2]
  • George W. Strawn, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Oklahoma, 1924; Candidate for U.S. Representative from Oklahoma 3rd District, 1926 [2]
  • Robert Strawn (b. 1952), Australian professional footballer


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


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