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McBain History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The chronicle of the name McBain begins with a family in the Pictish clans of ancient Scotland. The name 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.


Early Origins of the McBain family


The surname McBain 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).

Early History of the McBain family


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McBain Spelling Variations


When the first dictionaries were invented in the last few hundred years, spelling gradually became standardized. Before that time, scribes spelled according to sound. Names were often recorded under different spelling variations every time they were written. McBain has been written Bean, Beane, Beyn, Bayn, Bene, Bane, Baine, Beine, Bayne, Beyne, Been, Beaine, MacBain, MacBean, MacVain, MacBean, MacVan and many more.

Early Notables of the McBain family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the McBain family to Ireland


Some of the McBain family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the McBain family to the New World and Oceana


The crossing to North America did not seem so great in comparison with the hardships many Scots endured at home. It was long, expensive, and cramped, but also rewarding. North America offered land and the chance for settlers to prove themselves in a new place. And many did prove themselves as they fought to forge a new nation in the American War of Independence. The ancestors of those Scots can now experience much of their once-lost heritage through the Clan societies and highland games that have sprung up across North America in the last century. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important, early immigrants to North America bearing the name of McBain:

McBain Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Archibald A M B McBain, who landed in Georgia in 1739 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Alexander McBain, who arrived in Virginia in 1776 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Angus McBain, who arrived in Virginia in 1776 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

McBain Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Alice McBain, aged 24, who landed in New York in 1854 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

McBain Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Alex McBain, aged 20, who emigrated to the United States from Calrach, in 1904
  • Alexander McBain, aged 24, who settled in America from Aberdeen, Scotland, in 1904
  • David McBain, aged 27, who emigrated to the United States from Aberdeen, in 1904
  • Frank McBain, aged 22, who emigrated to America from Glasgow, in 1905
  • Charles J. McBain, aged 29, who landed in America from London, England, in 1907
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

McBain Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Benjamin Mcbain, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Princess Royal" in 1848 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PRINCESS ROYAL 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848PrincessRoyal.htm
  • Ann McBain, aged 20, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Hercules" [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    South Australian Register Wednesday 27 July 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HMS Hercules 1853. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/hercules1853.shtml
  • Catherine McBain, aged 18, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Hercules" [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    South Australian Register Wednesday 27 July 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HMS Hercules 1853. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/hercules1853.shtml
  • Donald McBain, aged 46, a farmer, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Olivia" [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    South Australian Register Tuesday 15 November 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Olivia 1857. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/olivia1853.shtml.
  • Norman McBain, aged 55, a cartwright, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Duchess of Northumberland"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

McBain Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Katherine McBain, aged 22, a housemaid, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Conflict" in 1874

Contemporary Notables of the name McBain (post 1700)


  • John Paul McBain (b. 1965), American guitarist
  • Diane McBain (b. 1941), American actress
  • Ed McBain (1926-2005), pen name of Evan Hunter, American author
  • Howard Lee McBain, American (Canadian born) political scientist
  • William McBain, American politician, Mayor of Gaithersburg, Maryland, 1926-48 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 14) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • John McBain, American politician, Mayor of Santa Cruz, California, 1963-64 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 14) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • John McBain, American Republican politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Albany County 3rd District, 1937, 1939-44, 1947-48; Defeated, 1937, 1944, 1948 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 14) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Daniel McBain, American politician, Mayor of Toledo, Ohio in 1852 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 14) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Douglas "Dougie" M. McBain (1924-2008), Scottish footballer
  • Neil McBain (1895-1974), Scottish professional footballer and football manager
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the McBain family



HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. Joseph Henry McBain (1897-1941), Australian Chief Engine Room Artificer from Cremorne, New South Wales, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II and died in the sinking [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from http://www.findingsydney.com/roll.asp

HMS Royal Oak

  • Donald McBain (1918-1939), British Cook (S) with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html

The McBain 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


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PRINCESS ROYAL 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848PrincessRoyal.htm
  3. ^ South Australian Register Wednesday 27 July 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HMS Hercules 1853. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/hercules1853.shtml
  4. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 15 November 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Olivia 1857. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/olivia1853.shtml.
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 14) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  6. ^ HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from http://www.findingsydney.com/roll.asp
  7. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html


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