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MacNab 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.

MacNab Early Origins



The surname MacNab 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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MacNab Spelling Variations


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MacNab Spelling Variations



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

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MacNab Early History


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MacNab Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacNab 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 MacNab History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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MacNab Early Notables (pre 1700)


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MacNab Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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MacNab In Ireland


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MacNab In Ireland



Some of the MacNab 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



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 MacNabs to arrive on North American shores:

MacNab Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • James Macnab, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1651

MacNab Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • D. C. Macnab, aged 47, who settled in America from Leith, in 1905
  • Robert Macnab, aged 21, who landed in America from Glasgow, in 1906
  • Cyrus MacNab, aged 13, who emigrated to the United States from Bridge of Weir, Scotland, in 1907
  • Margaret MacNab, aged 15, who landed in America from Bridge of Weir, Scotland, in 1907
  • Alexander MacNab, aged 12, who emigrated to America from Bridge of Weir, Scotland, in 1907
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

MacNab Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Alexander W. Macnab, aged 65, who settled in Toronto, Canada, in 1916

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Contemporary Notables of the name MacNab (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name MacNab (post 1700)



  • Iain MacNab of Barachastlain (1890-1967), Scottish wood-engraver and painter
  • Brigadier General John Francis Macnab (1906-1980), British Commanding Officer 2nd Battalion Seaforth Highlanders
  • Maurice Ronald MacNab (1902-1962), English cricketer
  • Francis Macnab AO, Australian Executive Minister at St Michael's Uniting Church
  • Sir Allan Napier MacNab (1798-1862), 1st Baronet, Canadian Premier of the Province of Canada before Canadian Confederation (1854–1856)
  • Brigadier Sir Geoffrey Alex Colin MacNab (1899-1995), Military Attaché to France
  • James MacNab of MacNab, 23rd Chief of the Clan MacNab

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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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MacNab Clan Badge


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MacNab Clan Badge




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A clan is a social group made up of a number of distinct branch-families that actually descended from, or accepted themselves as descendants of, a common ancestor. The word clan means simply children. The idea of the clan as a community is necessarily based around this idea of heredity and is most often ruled according to a patriarchal structure. For instance, the clan chief represented the hereditary "parent" of the entire clan. The most prominent example of this form of society is the Scottish Clan system...

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Septs of the Distinguished Name MacNab
Abate, Abbat, Abbate, Abbet, Abbets, Abbett, Abbit, Abbitt, Abbot, Abbots, Abbotson, Abbott, Abbotts, Abbottson, Abet, Abets, Abot, Abots, Abotson, Abott, Abotts, Abottson, Anabb, Apate, Apets, Apots, Apotson, Apott, Apotts, Apottson, Appate, Appet, Appets, Appot, Appots, Appotson, Appott, Appotts, Appottson, Cleelan, Cleeland, Cleelane, Cleelant, Cleelen, Cleelend, Cleelent, Cleelind, Cleelint, Cleelyn, Cleelynd and more.

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Citations



    Other References

    1. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    2. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    3. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    4. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. The Charters of David I The Written Acts of David I King of Scots, 1124-53 and of His Son Henry, Earl of Northumerland, 1139-52. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 1999. Print.
    5. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    6. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    7. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    8. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    9. Adam, Frank. Clans Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands 8th Edition. London: Bacon (G.W.) & Co, 1970. Print. (ISBN 10-0717945006).
    10. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    11. ...

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