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McNab is a name that evolved among the descendants of the people of the kingdom of Dalriada in ancient Scotland. It is a name for a person who worked as a son of an abbot. The Gaelic form of the name is Mac an Aba. They are descended from the hereditary abbots of St. Fillan's near Loch Earn. Fillan was a royal prince of the royal house of Dalriada. In the reign of William, the Lyon of Scotland, the Abbots of Glendochart held a rank equivalent to the Earls of Atholl and Menteith. The Clan held the barony of Glendochart at the west end of Loch Tay.

McNab Early Origins



The surname McNab was first found in Perthshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Pheairt) former county in the present day Council Area of Perth and Kinross, located in central Scotland, where they joined with the MacDougalls in opposing Robert the Bruce and consequently lost many of the vast territories they had held. However, the Chief of the MacNabs finally became reconciled to the Bruce, and regained many of his lost lands when King David II came to the throne of Scotland. He also received the official charter for the barony of Bowaine dated 1336. Finlay MacNab, the 4th Chief of the Clan, added considerably to the estates toward the end of the 15th century, but in 1552 another Finlay, the 6th Chief, fell into financial difficulties and mortgaged most of the Clan lands to the Campbell of Glenorchy. The Clan, however, refused to acknowledge the superiority of the Campbells

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McNab Spelling Variations


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McNab Spelling Variations



Spelling and translation were not standardized practices until the last few centuries. Spelling variations are extremely common among early Scottish names. McNab has been spelled MacNab, MacNabb, MacKnab, Mac an Aba (Gaelic) and others.

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McNab Early History


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McNab Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McNab research. Another 612 words (44 lines of text) covering the years 1612, 1651, 1660, 1745, 1770, 1780, 1798, 1816, 1820, 1854, 1856, 1860, and 1862 are included under the topic Early McNab History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McNab Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McNab Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early McNab Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McNab In Ireland


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McNab In Ireland



Some of the McNab family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 155 words (11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Scottish settlers arrived in many of the communities that became the backbones of the United States and Canada. Many stayed, but some headed west for the endless open country of the prairies. In the American War of Independence, many Scots who remained loyal to England re-settled in Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Scots across North America were able to recover much of their lost heritage in the 20th century as Clan societies and highland games sprang up across North Ameri ca. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first McNabs to arrive on North American shores:

McNab Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Andrew McNab, who arrived in North Carolina in 1748
  • Helen McNab, aged 42, arrived in New York, NY in 1775
  • William McNab, who landed in America in 1782

McNab Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John McNab, aged 31, landed in New York in 1812
  • Peter McNab, aged 38, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Archibald McNab, aged 29, landed in New York, NY in 1812-1813

McNab Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. James McNab U.E. who settled in Saint Johns, New Brunswick c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

McNab Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • David McNab, aged 22, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Favourite" in 1815
  • Alexander McNab, aged 38, a farmer, arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Atlas" in 1815
  • Catherine McNab, aged 25, arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Atlas" in 1815
  • John McNab, aged 2, arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Atlas" in 1815
  • Janet McNab, aged 1, arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Atlas" in 1815
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

McNab Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John McNab arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Indus" in 1839

McNab Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Alexander McNab arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mermaid" in 1859
  • Christian McNab arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mermaid" in 1859

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Contemporary Notables of the name McNab (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name McNab (post 1700)



  • Alex "Alec" McNab (1895-1960), Scottish-born, American soccer player and coach, inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame (2005)
  • Walter Scott McNab, American Republican politician, Member of New York State Assembly, 1915-19; Delegate to New York State Constitutional Convention 32nd District, 1938
  • W. G. McNab, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from Michigan 14th District, 1948
  • Rebecca H. McNab, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1956, 1964; Member of New York Republican State Committee, 1961
  • John L. McNab, American Republican politician, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California, 1912-13; Presidential Elector for California, 1924; Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1928, 1932
  • Gavin McNab, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1920, 1924
  • John "Jock" McNab (b. 1894), Scottish international footballer
  • Neil McNab (b. 1957), former Scottish footballer
  • William McNab (b. 1870), Scottish professional association footballer
  • William Ramsay McNab (1844-1889), Scottish physician and botanist
  • ... (Another 18 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Motto


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Motto



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: Timor omnis abesto
Motto Translation: Let fear be far from all.


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Citations


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  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
  2. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  3. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  4. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and Don Pottinger. Clan Map Scotland of Old. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1983. Print.
  5. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and David Hicks. The Highland Clans The Dynastic Origins, Cheifs and Background of the Clans. New York: C.N. Potter, 1968. Print.
  6. Scarlett, James D. Tartan The Highland Textile. London: Shepheard-Walwyn, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0-85683-120-4).
  7. Browne, James. The History of Scotland it's Highlands, Regiments and Clans 8 Volumes. Edinburgh: Francis A Niccolls & Co, 1909. Print.
  8. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  9. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Scots Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Mordern Application of the Art and Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
  10. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  11. ...

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