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The ancestors of the surname McBlain lived among the Boernicians of the Scottish/English Borderlands. The name comes from the Gaelic personal name Bleen, which means yellow. It was also the name of an early Celtic saint.

McBlain Early Origins



The surname McBlain was first found in Ayrshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Àir), formerly a county in the southwestern Strathclyde region of Scotland, that today makes up the Council Areas of South, East, and North Ayrshire, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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McBlain Spelling Variations


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McBlain Spelling Variations



Boernician names that evolved in the largely preliterate Middle Ages are often marked by considerable spelling variations. McBlain has been spelled Blain, Blane, Blaine, Blaines, Blahan and others.

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McBlain Early History


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McBlain Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McBlain research. Another 184 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1561, 1660, and 1674 are included under the topic Early McBlain History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McBlain Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McBlain Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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McBlain In Ireland


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McBlain In Ireland



Some of the McBlain family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 264 words (19 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



Some of the Boernician-Scottish Clan families who came to North America were Loyalists who went north to Canada after the American War of Independence. Families on both sides of the border went on to found two of the world's great nations. This century, families with Scottish roots have rediscovered their heritage through highland games and clan societies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name McBlain or a variant listed above:

McBlain Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Thomas McBlain, aged 62, who arrived in America, in 1894

McBlain Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Agnes McBlain, aged 31, who arrived in America from Belfast, Ireland, in 1909
  • Hugh McBlain, aged 27, who arrived in America from Palna, Scotland, in 1909
  • George McBlain, aged 22, who arrived in America from Putna, Scotland, in 1910
  • Alexander McBlain, aged 21, who arrived in America from Maybole, Scotland, in 1911
  • Archibald McBlain, aged 19, who arrived in America from Maybole, Scotland, in 1911
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name McBlain (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name McBlain (post 1700)



  • Major General John F. McBlain (1900-1947), American Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations, U.S. Air Forces in Europe in February 1947, awarded the Legion of Merit
  • David McBlain (2002-1997), American actor, know for his work on Gangs of New York, The Boxer (1997) and High Boot Benny (1993)
  • Major-General John Ferral McBlain (1900-1967), American Deputy Director of the Secretary of the Air Force Personnel Council (1953)
  • William J. McBlain, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Wilmington, Delaware, 1956-57
  • David McBlain (1755-1847), Irish architect, active in Co. Derry and Belfast from the 1770s onwards

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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: Paritur pax bello
Motto Translation: Peace is obtained by war.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bain, Robert. The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Glasgow & London: Collins, 1968. Print. (ISBN 000411117-6).
    2. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    3. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    4. Donaldson, Gordon and Robert S. Morpeth. Who's Who In Scotish History. Wales: Welsh Academic Press, 1996. Print. (ISBN 186057-0054).
    5. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and David Hicks. The Highland Clans The Dynastic Origins, Cheifs and Background of the Clans. New York: C.N. Potter, 1968. Print.
    6. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
    7. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    8. Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
    9. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    10. Urquhart, Blair Edition. Tartans The New Compact Study Guide and Identifier. Secauccus, NJ: Chartwell Books, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0-7858-0050-6).
    11. ...

    The McBlain Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McBlain 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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