Show ContentsMcBane History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient Pictish-Scottish name McBane comes 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 McBane family

The surname McBane 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.)

Saint Bean or Beyn (fl. 1011), was, according to Fordun, appointed first bishop of Murthlach by Malclom II, at the instance of Pope Benedict VIII. A fragment of the charter of Malcolm II (1003-1029?), preserved in the register of the diocese of Aberdeen confirms this claim. [1] However, St. Bean is distinctly referred to as a native of Ireland: 'In Hybernia natalis Beani primi episcopi Aberdonensis et confessoris'. [1]

Early History of the McBane family

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McBane Spelling Variations

Scribes in the Middle Ages did not have access to a set of spelling rules. They spelled according to sound, the result was a great number of spelling variations. In various documents, McBane has been spelled Bean, Beane, Beyn, Bayn, Bene, Bane, Baine, Beine, Bayne, Beyne, Been, Beaine, MacBain, MacBean, MacVain, MacBean, MacVan and many more.

Early Notables of the McBane family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the McBane family to Ireland

Some of the McBane 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.

United States McBane migration to the United States +

The cruelties suffered under the new government forced many to leave their ancient homeland for the freedom of the North American colonies. Those who arrived safely found land, freedom, and opportunity for the taking. These hardy settlers gave their strength and perseverance to the young nations that would become the United States and Canada. Immigration and passenger lists have shown many early immigrants bearing the name McBane:

McBane Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Hugh McBane, who landed in Ohio in 1805 [2]
  • John McBane, who arrived in Ohio in 1805 [2]
  • Francis McBane, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1812 [2]
  • William McBane, who landed in Ohio in 1820 [2]
  • Angus McBane, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1823 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada McBane migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McBane Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. John McBane U.E. who settled in Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 [3]
  • Mrs. Isabella McBane U.E. (nêe McDonell) who settled in Eastern District, Charlottesburgh [South Glengarry], Ontario c. 1786 [3]
  • Mr. Gilles McBane U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1786 he served in the Royal Regiment of New York [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name McBane (post 1700) +

  • Maria McBane (b. 1946), French-born, American model and actress

The McBane 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.

  1. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  2. 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)
  3. Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X on Facebook