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

The history of the ancestors of the Bayne family begins among the Pictish clans ancient Scotland. The name Bayne comes from the Gaelic word Beathan or betha which means life. Bean was also the name of a saint in the Breviary of Aberdeen.


Prior to the invention of the printing press in the last hundred years, documents were basically unique. Names were written according to sound, and often appeared differently each time they were recorded. Spelling variations of the name Bayne include Bean, Beane, Beyn, Bayn, Bene, Bane, Baine, Beine, Bayne, Beyne, Been, Beaine, MacBain, MacBean, MacVain, MacBean, MacVan and many more.

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).


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bayne research. Another 194 words(14 lines of text) covering the years 1400, 1411, 1550, and 1745 are included under the topic Early Bayne History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


Some of the Bayne 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.


The freedom of the North American colonies was enticing, and many Scots left to make the great crossing. It was a long and hard journey, but its reward was a place where there was more land than people and tolerance was far easier to come by. Many of these people came together to fight for a new nation in the American War of Independence, while others remained loyal to the old order as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of Scots in North America have recovered much of this heritage in the 20th century through Clan societies and other such organizations. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important and early immigrants to North America bearing the name of Bayne:

Bayne Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Bayne, who landed in New England in 1651
  • Joyce Bayne, who arrived in Maryland in 1656
  • Judith Bayne, who landed in Maryland in 1663
  • Helena Bayne, who landed in Maryland in 1663
  • Walter Bayne, who landed in Maryland in 1663

Bayne Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Alexander Bayne settled in Boston in 1820
  • Thomas Bayne, who arrived in Indiana in 1859


  • Beverly Bayne (1894-1982), American silent film actress
  • William Lear Bayne (1899-1981), American Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Hugh Aiken Bayne (1870-1954), American lawyer, recipient of the Distinguished Service Medal and the Légion d'honneur
  • Thomas McKee Bayne (1836-1894), Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania
  • Trevor Bayne (b. 1991), American NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and Nationwide Series race car driver and winner of the 2011 Daytona 500
  • Iain Bayne, Scottish musician
  • Lawrence Bayne (b. 1960), Canadian actor
  • Michael Bayne, Canadian artist awarded the 2011 Kingston Prize for portraiture


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.


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

This page was last modified on 28 January 2014 at 03:33.

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