The Usan family comes from the ancient Scottish Dalriadan clans of the mountainous west coast of Scotland
. The name Usan is derived from the "son of little Hugh."
Early Origins of the Usan family
The surname Usan was first found in Argyllshire
(Gaelic erra Ghaidheal), the region of western Scotland
corresponding roughly with the ancient Kingdom of Dál Riata, in the Strathclyde region of Scotland
, now part of the Council Area of Argyll and Bute
, on the Isle of Bute, from ancient times where they were descended from the MacDonalds of Sleat.
Early History of the Usan family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Usan research.Another 131 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1739, 1774 and 1662 are included under the topic Early Usan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Usan Spelling Variations
were extremely common in medieval names, since scribes from that era recorded names according to sound rather than a standard set of rules. Usan has appeared in various documents spelled Hewison, Heweson, Howeson, Howeston, Howstoun, Huison and many more.
Early Notables of the Usan family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the Clan
from early times was Reverend King Hewison; William Hewson (1739-1774) was an 18th Century surgeon, anatomist and physiologist who has sometimes been referred to as... Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Usan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Usan family to Ireland
Some of the Usan family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 45 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Usan family to the New World and Oceana
Dalriadan families proliferated in North America. Their descendants still populate many communities in the eastern parts of both the United States and Canada. Some settled in Canada as United Empire Loyalists, in the wake of the American War of Independence
. Families on both sides of the border have recovered much of their heritage in the 20th century through Clan
societies and highland games. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Usan or a variant listed above: William Hewison who settled in Georgia in 1775.