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


Spelling variations of this family name include: MacIlvean, MacIlvane, MacIlvenna, MacIlwain, MacIlwaine and many more.

First found in Ayrshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Àir), formerly a county in the southwestern Strathclyde region of Scotland, that today makes up the Council Areas of South, East, and North Ayrshire, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McElwain research. Another 192 words(14 lines of text) covering the years 1500 and 1546 are included under the topic Early McElwain History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


Some of the McElwain family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 236 words(17 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McElwain Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • John McElwain, who arrived in New York in 1795

McElwain Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Menassas McElwain, aged 33, landed in Mobile, Ala in 1853
  • H. G. McElwain, aged 28, who settled in America, in 1892
  • Rebecca McElwain, aged 26, who landed in America, in 1892
  • George M. McElwain, aged 38, who landed in America, in 1893
  • Cathr. McElwain, aged 17, who emigrated to America, in 1895

McElwain Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century

  • Susan McElwain, aged 23, who settled in America from Donegal, in 1905
  • James McElwain, aged 26, who settled in America from Monaghan, in 1905
  • Aaron McElwain, aged 23, who landed in America from Donegal, in 1905
  • William P. McElwain, aged 46, who emigrated to the United States, in 1907
  • Eda McElwain, aged 30, who landed in America, in 1908


  • Jim McElwain (b. 1962), American football coach who is currently the head coach of the Colorado State Rams
  • Frank Arthur McElwain (1875-1957), American bishop of Minnesota in the Episcopal Church
  • Annie McElwain, American actress
  • Jason McElwain (b. 1987), nicknamed "J-Mac," an American high-functioning autistic amateur athlete and public speaker, recipient of the ESPY Award for the Best Moment in Sports
  • John Allen McElwain (1794-1875), American politician, New York State Senator (1852-1853)
  • Wade Christian McElwain (b. 1972), Canadian comedian, writer, and TV producer


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The McElwain Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McElwain 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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