Origin of the Name MacCartan
The ancient history of the name MacCartan
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives.
Over the centuries Surnames developed a wide number of variants. Different spellings of the same name can be traced back to an original root. Additionally when a bearer of a name emigrated it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books at their new location. Surnames were also often altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another.
Variants of the name McCartan
include McCarton, McCurtin and McArtain. This Irish family were a Northern sept, a branch of the O'Neills and were Chiefs of Kinelarty, a territory in County Down, called MacArtan's Country. They appear in the Annals up to the end of the fifteenth century, and for a time in 1350 the Chief of Kinelearty was also Lord of Iveagh, known as MacGennises country. In the present day Counties Armagh and Down are their mainstay. A well known Carton family of Dublin migrated from County Down to Cork in the sixteenth century, but their name has been absorbed by the name McCurtin.
The MacCartan coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all MacCartan descendants.