I am looking for the very first Straughan, does anyone know "Adam"

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Not literally Adam of course. The first Straughan I can find on Family search is 1703 in northern Northumberland.  The first The first Straughan here on wikitree is 1705 and is acknowledged to perhaps have been Strachan. If you say the names with a lowland Scots, or rural Northumberland accent it is easy to see how either spelling could come from the same sound. Any most people were likely illiterate. Does anyone actually know the origin of the name? A story of how it started? The very first actual Straughan?

PS the location of the first one on Family search is right in the area that is still the heartland of Straughans according to  the where do you come from site: http://named.publicprofiler.org/
in The Tree House by Lindis Elliott G2G5 (5.1k points)
Presumably there was a Strachan who moved south and his name came to be spelled according to more English spelling conventions.  But this needn't have happened only once,  It could have happened in several unrelated families at various times.
Do you think there is a way to actually find a person who did migrate and end up with a different name?

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Black's "Surnames of Scotland" gives "Straughan" as a variant spelling of "Strachan" a locational surname from Strachan in Kincardineshire and dates the first appearance of the name to c. 1200. (George F Black; The Surnames of Scotland; New York Public Library; 1946.)

by Sheena Tait G2G6 Mach 7 (73.7k points)
selected by Lindis Elliott
Thank you. Earlier than I had found before. I won't be able to track all that way back!
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I ran a search on familysearch with dates 1600-1700 and came up with some earlier Straughans. Predominantly Northumberland and Durham, but some London.

Scotlandspeople has about a dozen Straughans in the late 1600s. Roxburgshire and the Lothian area which would make sense as possible roots for your north Northumbrian folks. There was a lot of movement down into Northumberland around that time, often following the drove roads. 

by Lynda Crackett G2G6 Pilot (630k points)

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