Origins Available: English
The ancestors of the Bawn family were part of an ancient Scottish tribe called the Picts
. The name Bawn is derived from the Gaelic word Beathan
which means life.
Bean was also the name of a saint in the Breviary of Aberdeen.
Early Origins of the Bawn family
The surname Bawn was first found in Aberdeen (part of the modern Grampian region), where one of the first times the name arose was a Bean who was a magistrate circa 1210. It is known, however, that the MacBains moved to Invernessshire, as sod bearers to the Chiefs of the great Clan
Chattan (a powerful confederation of early Clans). The name literally means "son of the fair lad," and was frequently translated to MacBean (Bain).
Early History of the Bawn family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bawn research.Another 194 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1400, 1411, 1550, and 1745 are included under the topic Early Bawn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bawn Spelling Variations
The appearance of the printing press and the first dictionaries in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize spelling. Prior to that time scribes spelled according to sound, a practice that resulted in many spelling variations
. Bawn has been spelled Bean, Beane, Beyn, Bayn, Bene, Bane, Baine, Beine, Bayne, Beyne, Been, Beaine, MacBain, MacBean, MacVain, MacBean, MacVan and many more.
Early Notables of the Bawn family (pre 1700)
More information is included under the topic Early Bawn Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Bawn family to Ireland
Some of the Bawn family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 89 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Bawn family to the New World and Oceana
The expense of the crossing to the North American colonies seemed small beside the difficulties of remaining in Scotland
. It was a long and hard trip, but at its end lay the reward of freedom. Some Scots remained faithful to England
and called themselves United Empire Loyalists, while others fought in the American War of Independence
. Much of this lost Scottish heritage has been recovered in the last century through Clan
societies and other patriotic Scottish organizations. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important, early immigrants to North America bearing the name of Bawn:
Bawn Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Mary Bawn, who settled in Annapolis, Maryland in 1725
Bawn Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- John Bawn, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1854
Bawn Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Mr. Samuel Bawn U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1783 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
Bawn Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Charles Bawn, who landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1836 aboard the ship Patriot
Contemporary Notables of the name Bawn (post 1700)
- Colleen Bawn, Irish girl who inspired a prospector to name a mine after her, which later grew to be a town so named in Zimbabwe
- Kathleen Bawn, Associate Professor of Political Science at UCLA
The Bawn 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: Touch not the catt bot a targe
Motto Translation: Touch not the cat without a shield.