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In ancient Scotland
, the ancestors of the McBean family were part of a tribe called the Picts
. The name McBean is derived from the Gaelic word Beathan
which means life.
Bean was also the name of a saint in the Breviary of Aberdeen.
The surname McBean 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).
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. McBean has been spelled Bean, Beane, Beyn, Bayn, Bene, Bane, Baine, Beine, Bayne, Beyne, Been, Beaine, MacBain, MacBean, MacVain, MacBean, MacVan and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McBean research. Another 194 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1400, 1411, 1550, and 1745 are included under the topic Early McBean History in all our PDF Extended History products
More information is included under the topic Early McBean Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
Some of the McBean 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
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 McBean:
McBean Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Daniel McBean, who arrived in Virginia in 1716
- Francis McBean, who arrived in Maryland in 1716
- William McBean, who arrived in Maryland in 1716
- Mary McBean, who landed in New York in 1773
McBean Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Gillis McBean, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1812
- John McBean, who arrived in Ohio in 1830
- Alexander McBean, who arrived in Ohio in 1840
- David McBean, who landed in Mississippi in 1850
- Angus McBean, who landed in Ohio in 1855
McBean Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Ewen McBean, aged 33, who settled in America from Leeds, in 1900
- Athol McBean, aged 23, who landed in America from Cork, in 1903
- Anna McBean, aged 51, who emigrated to America from Melbourne, Australia, in 1904
- John McBean, aged 59, who emigrated to the United States from Melbourne, Australia, in 1904
- John McBean, aged 28, who landed in America from Glasgow, in 1907
McBean Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Mr. Alexander McBean U.E. who settled in St. Andrews, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784
- Mr. Angus McBean U.E. who settled in Carleton, [Saint John West] New Brunswick c. 1784
- Mr. John McBean U.E. who settled in Carleton, [Saint John West] New Brunswick c. 1784 became a Freeman in 1786
- Mr. John McBean U.E. who settled in St. Stephen, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 became a Freeman in 1786
- Mr. Neal McBean U.E. who settled in St. Andrews, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784
McBean Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- John McBean arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Katherine Stewart Forbes" in 1839
- John Lucas "Jack" McBean (b. 1994), American soccer player from Newport Beach, California
- Ryan McBean (b. 1984), American professional football defensive end
- Alvin O'Neal "Al" McBean (b. 1938), American retired professional Major League Baseball player
- Gerald M. McBean, American Republican politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives 34th District, 1980
- Major-General William McBean VC (1818-1878), Scottish lieutenant in the 93rd Regiment of Foot, recipient of the Victoria Cross
- Brett McBean (b. 1978), Australian Ned Kelly Award winning horror and speculative fiction writer
- Dr. Gordon McBean, Canadian climatologist, Chairman of the board of trustees of the Canadian Foundation for Climate and Atmospheric Sciences, Professor at the University of Western Ontario, former Assistant Deputy Minister of Meteorological Service of Canada
- Wayne "Beaner" McBean (b. 1969), Canadian retired NHL ice hockey defenceman
- Marnie Elizabeth McBean (b. 1968), Canadian three-time gold medalist Olympic rower
- Angus Rowland McBean (1904-1990), Welsh stage photographer
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 targeMotto Translation:
Touch not the cat without a shield.
- Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
- Innes, Thomas and Learney. Socts Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Modern Application of the Art of Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
- Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
- 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).
- Barrow, G.W.S Ed. The Charters of David I The Written Acts of David I King of Scots, 1124-53 and of His Son Henry, Earl of Northumerland, 1139-52. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 1999. Print.
- Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
- Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
- Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
- Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
- Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
The McBean Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McBean 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.
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