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Where did the Welsh Mabin family come from? What is the Welsh Mabin family crest and coat of arms? When did the Mabin family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Mabin family history?

The Welsh name Mabin is derived from the hills and Moors of Wales where a very particular Celtic people, known as the Britons, thrived. This surname is derived from the Welsh personal name Mabon, which means a child.

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There are relatively few surnames native to Wales, but they have an inordinately large number of spelling variations. Early variations of Welsh surnames can be explained by the fact that very few people in the early Middle Ages were literate. Priests and the few other literate people were responsible for recording names in official documents. And because most people could not specific how to properly record their names it was up to the individual recorder of that time to determine how a spoken name should be recorded. Variations due to the imprecise or improper recording of a name continued later in history when names originally composed in the Brythonic Celtic, language of Wales, known by natives as Cymraeg, were transliterated into English. Welsh names that were documented in English often changed dramatically since the native language of Wales, which was highly inflected, did not copy well. Occasionally, however, spelling variations were carried out according to an individual's specific design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations could be indicated by minor variations. The spelling variations of the name Mabin have included Maben, Mabon, Mabin, Mabben and others.

First found in Cornwall, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mabin research. Another 216 words(15 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Mabin History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Mabin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Many Welsh families joined their Scottish and Irish neighbors during the late 1800s and early 1900s in seeking refuge in North America. Like the Irish and Scottish, many Welsh anxiously awaited the work, freedom, and opportunities that they believed lay in North America. Those who did journey over to the United States and what became known as Canada often realized those dreams, but only through much toil and perseverance. Whenever and however these Welsh immigrants arrived in North America, they were instrumental in the creation of the industry, commerce, and cultural heritage within those two developing nations. In the immigration and passenger lists a number of early immigrants bearing the name Mabin were found:

Mabin Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Edward Mabin settled in Virginia in 1623
  • Edward Mabin, who arrived in Virginia in 1623

Mabin Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • George Mabin, who landed in New York in 1801
  • James Mabin, who landed in New York in 1801

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The Mabin Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Mabin Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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