McBean History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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 or betha which means life. Bean was also the name of a saint in the Breviary of Aberdeen.

Early Origins of the McBean family

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.)

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 McBean family

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McBean Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the McBean family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the McBean family to Ireland

Some of the McBean 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 McBean migration to the United States +

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 [2]
  • Francis McBean, who arrived in Maryland in 1716 [2]
  • William McBean, who arrived in Maryland in 1716 [2]
  • Mary McBean, who landed in New York in 1773 [2]
McBean Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Gillis McBean, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1812 [2]
  • John McBean, who arrived in Ohio in 1830 [2]
  • Alexander McBean, who arrived in Ohio in 1840 [2]
  • David McBean, who landed in Mississippi in 1850 [2]
  • Angus McBean, who landed in Ohio in 1855 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
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 immigrated to America from Melbourne, Australia, in 1904
  • John McBean, aged 59, who immigrated to the United States from Melbourne, Australia, in 1904
  • John McBean, aged 28, who landed in America from Glasgow, in 1907
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada McBean migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McBean Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Alexander McBean U.E. who settled in St. Andrews, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 [3]
  • Mr. Angus McBean U.E. who settled in Carleton, [Saint John West] New Brunswick c. 1784 [3]
  • Mr. John McBean U.E. who settled in Carleton, [Saint John West] New Brunswick c. 1784 became a Freeman in 1786 [3]
  • Mr. John McBean U.E. who settled in St. Stephen, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 became a Freeman in 1786 [3]
  • Mr. Neal McBean U.E. who settled in St. Andrews, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 [3]

Australia McBean migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

McBean Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John McBean, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Katherine Stewart Forbes" in 1839 [4]

New Zealand McBean migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

McBean Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • P. McBean, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Gloucester" arriving in Dunedin, South Island, New Zealand on 28th December 1858 [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name McBean (post 1700) +

  • 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 [6]
  • 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 McBean 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
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) KATHERINE STEWART FORBES 1837 arrived Holdfast Bay, near Adelaide, on October 17, 1837. . Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837KatherineStewartForbes.htm
  5. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 14) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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