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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.

McBain Early Origins



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).

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McBain Spelling Variations


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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.

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McBain Early History


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McBain Early History



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

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McBain Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McBain Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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McBain In Ireland


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McBain In Ireland



Some of the McBain 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 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
  • Alexander McBain, who arrived in Virginia in 1776
  • Angus McBain, who arrived in Virginia in 1776

McBain Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Alice McBain, aged 24, landed in New York in 1854

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 arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Princess Royal" in 1848
  • Ann McBain, aged 20, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Hercules"
  • Catherine McBain, aged 18, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Hercules"
  • Donald McBain, aged 46, a farmer, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Olivia"
  • Norman McBain, aged 55, a cartwright, 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, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Conflict" in 1874

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Contemporary Notables of the name McBain (post 1700)


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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
  • William McBain, American politician, Mayor of Gaithersburg, Maryland, 1926-48
  • John McBain, American politician, Mayor of Santa Cruz, California, 1963-64
  • 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
  • Daniel McBain, American politician, Mayor of Toledo, Ohio, 1852; Resigned 1852
  • Howard Lee McBain, American (Canadian born) political scientist
  • 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.)

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McBain Historic Events


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McBain Historic Events




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 on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking

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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



    Other References

    1. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    2. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    3. Donaldson, Gordon and Robert S. Morpeth. Who's Who In Scotish History. Wales: Welsh Academic Press, 1996. Print. (ISBN 186057-0054).
    4. Black, George F. The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3).
    5. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
    6. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
    8. 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).
    9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    10. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    11. ...

    The McBain Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McBain 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 14 January 2016 at 10:08.

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