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Where did the Scottish MacBeth family come from? What is the Scottish MacBeth family crest and coat of arms? When did the MacBeth family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the MacBeth family history?The western coast of Scotland and the desolate Hebrides islands are the ancient home of the MacBeth family. Their name is derived from the names of Macbeth and Bethune, or Beaton. The Macbeth and Bethune families, who were hereditary physicians to the Chiefs of Macdonald, practiced medicine on the Isles during the Middle Ages and their names merged in English into the one surname of Beaton. The Macbeths were concentrated in Islay and Mull, whereas the Beatons were concentrated in Skye.
Spelling variations of this family name include: McBeth, Beaton, Beeton, MacBeth, MacBeaton, McBee and many more.
First found in the Isle of Islay, where legend has it that the progenitor of this Clan is none other than Macbeth (Mac Bethad mac FindlŠich) (1005-1057), the High Steward of Moray. As his mother was a daughter of King Kenneth III, and he married Grudoch, a daughter of the son of King Kenneth III, he had as much of a claim to the Scottish throne as King Duncan I. MacBeth, therefore, challenged Duncan and defeated him in battle in 1040, assuming the throne. Known in English simply as Macbeth, he was last Celtic king of Scotland, ruling from 1040 to 1057, when he died in battle against future king Malcolm of the Canmore dynasty. He is best known through the Shakespearean drama bearing his name. Thespians rarely mention the play by the name and typically call it "the Scottish play" as they believe that by uttering the name brings one bad luck.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacBeth research. Another 319 words(23 lines of text) covering the years 1545, 1600, 1609, and 1763 are included under the topic Early MacBeth History in all our PDF Extended History products.
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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
MacBeth Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
MacBeth Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Conjuncta virtuti fortuna
Motto Translation: Good fortune is allied to bravery
A clan is a social group made up of a number of distinct branch-families that actually descended from, or accepted themselves as descendants of, a common ancestor. The word clan means simply children. The idea of the clan as a community is necessarily based around this idea of heredity and is most often ruled according to a patriarchal structure. For instance, the clan chief represented the hereditary "parent" of the entire clan. The most prominent example of this form of society is the Scottish Clan system...More
Septs of the Distinguished Name MacBeth
Baddie, Baddy, Badie, Bady, Baitie, Baittie, Batie, Battie, Batty, Battye, Baty, Batye, Beatey, Beatie, Beattey, Beattie, Beatty, Beaty, Bedagh, Beday, Beddagh, Bedday, Beddune, Bedune, Bedy, Beetey, Beetie, Beety, Beldan, Beldand, Beldane, Beldant, Belden, Beldend, Beldent, Beldind, Beldint, Beldon, Beldyn, Beldynd, Beleton, Belleton, Belstan, Belstand, Belstane, Belstant, Belsten, Belstend, Belstent, Belstind and more.
The MacBeth Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The MacBeth 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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