Origins Available: Irish, Scottish
Scotland and the desolate Hebrides islands are the ancient home of the McAbee family. Their name is derived from the Gaelic form Mac-Aba, which means son of the Abbot.
Early Origins of the McAbee family
Arran, where they held a family seat from early times. The family name McAbee 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 McAbee family
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McAbee Spelling Variations
Spelling variations were extremely common in medieval names, since scribes from that era recorded names according to sound rather than a standard set of rules. McAbee has appeared in various documents spelled MacCabe, McCabe, McAbe, MacAbe and others.
Early Notables of the McAbee family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the McAbee family to Ireland
Some of the McAbee family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the McAbee family to the New World and Oceana
The descendants of the Dalriadan families who made the great crossing of the Atlantic still dot communities along the east coast of the United States and Canada. In the American War of Independence, many of the settlers traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Clan societies and highland games have allowed Canadian and American families of Scottish descent to recover much of their lost heritage. Investigation of the origins of family names on the North American continent has revealed that early immigrants bearing the name McAbee or a variant listed above include:
McAbee Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
McAbee Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name McAbee (post 1700)
The McAbee 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: Aut Vincere Aut Mori
Motto Translation: Either to conquer or die.
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