MacCabe History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The Dalriadan clans of ancient Scotland spawned the ancestors of the MacCabe family. Their name comes from the Gaelic form Mac-Aba, which means son of the Abbot.
Early Origins of the MacCabe family
The surname MacCabe was first found in on the Isle of Arran, where they held a family seat from early times. The family name MacCabe first appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
Early History of the MacCabe family
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MacCabe Spelling Variations
The medieval practice of spelling according to sound and repeated translation between Gaelic and English created many spelling variations of the same name. MacCabe has been recorded as MacCabe, McCabe, McAbe, MacAbe and others.
Early Notables of the MacCabe family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the MacCabe family to Ireland
Some of the MacCabe family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Descendents of Dalriadan-Scottish families still populate many communities across North America. They are particularly common in Canada, since many went north as United Empire Loyalists at the time of the American War of Independence. Much later, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the highland games and Clan societies that now dot North America sprang up, allowing many Scots to recover their lost national heritage. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name MacCabe, or a variant listed above:
MacCabe Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
MacCabe Settlers in Australia in the 19th 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: Aut Vincere Aut Mori
Motto Translation: Either to conquer or die.