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In ancient Scotland, the ancestors of the MacVean family were part of a tribe called the Picts. The name MacVean is derived from the Gaelic word Beathan or betha which means life. Bean was also the name of a saint in the Breviary of Aberdeen.

MacVean Early Origins



The surname MacVean 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).

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MacVean Spelling Variations


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MacVean 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. MacVean has been spelled Bean, Beane, Beyn, Bayn, Bene, Bane, Baine, Beine, Bayne, Beyne, Been, Beaine, MacBain, MacBean, MacVain, MacBean, MacVan and many more.

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MacVean Early History


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MacVean Early History



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

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MacVean Early Notables (pre 1700)


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MacVean Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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MacVean In Ireland


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MacVean In Ireland



Some of the MacVean 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.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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 MacVean:

MacVean Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Katherine Rose Mac Vean, aged 22, arrived in New York in 1921 aboard the ship "Mohawk" from San Juan, Puerto Rico [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6JK-G2F : 6 December 2014), Katherine Rose Mac Vean, 03 Jan 1921; citing departure port San Juan, Puerto Rico, arrival port New York, ship name Mohawk, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • John Mac Vean, aged 62, arrived in New York in 1924 aboard the ship "Regina" from Liverpool, England [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JN7P-766 : 6 December 2014), John Mac Vean, 30 Dec 1924; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Regina, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Janet MacVean, aged 47, arrived in New York in 1924 aboard the ship "Tuscania (1922)" from Glasgow, Scotland [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JNWB-P3V : 6 December 2014), Janet MacVean, 02 Nov 1924; citing departure port Glasgow, arrival port New York, ship name Tuscania (1922), NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

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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: Touch not the catt bot a targe
Motto Translation: Touch not the cat without a shield.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6JK-G2F : 6 December 2014), Katherine Rose Mac Vean, 03 Jan 1921; citing departure port San Juan, Puerto Rico, arrival port New York, ship name Mohawk, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  2. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JN7P-766 : 6 December 2014), John Mac Vean, 30 Dec 1924; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Regina, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  3. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JNWB-P3V : 6 December 2014), Janet MacVean, 02 Nov 1924; citing departure port Glasgow, arrival port New York, ship name Tuscania (1922), NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

Other References

  1. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  3. Fairbairn,. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  4. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  5. 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).
  6. Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
  7. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  9. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
  10. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
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The MacVean Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The MacVean 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 6 March 2017 at 08:28.

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