Origin of the Name Stranahan
family history 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 Stranahan
include Stranaghan, Strachen and Straughan. This is a name of territorial origin, from the lands of Strachan in Kincardineshire, meaning 'of Strachan'. This name is of Scottish descent and is found in many ancient manuscripts in that country. Examples of such are Waldeus de Strachan who granted the lands of Blarkerocch to the church of St. Andrews in the year 1200. A John de Strachan resigned his lands of Beth Waldef to the Abbey and Convent of Dunfermline in 1278. Names were recorded in these ancient documents to make it easier for the overlords to collect taxes and to keep records of the population at any given time. When the overlords acquired lands by either force or as gifts from their rulers, they created charters of ownership for themselves and their vassals. In Ireland this name and its many variants were first introduced into Ulster Province by settlers who arrived from England and Scotland, especially during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Stranahan can also be derived from the Gaelic O'Stranachain sept of County Down.
The Stranahan 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 Stranahan descendants.