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Origins Available: Irish, Scottish


There are many Irish surnames being used today in forms that are quite different than their original, ancient forms. McBride originally appeared in Gaelic as Mac Giolla Bhrighde, which denotes a devotee of St. Brigid.

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The Middle Ages saw a great number of spelling variations for surnames common to the Irish landscape. One reason for these variations is the fact that surnames were not rigidly fixed by this period because the general population had to rely on local official's understanding of how their name should be spelt, hence spellings in records often changed through a person's lifetime. The following variations for the name McBride were encountered in the archives: MacBride, Kilbride, Gilbride and others.

First found in Donegal (Irish: Dún na nGall), northwest Ireland in the province of Ulster, sometimes referred to as County Tyrconnel, where the they are descended from the son of the servant (follower, devotee) of St. Brigit, the virgin Abbess of Kildare who died 525 A.D. The surname was first listed as eranaghs of Raymunterdoney in Donegal, a parish which includes Tory Island. The parish comprises 12,017 statute acres, but more than two-thirds is mountainous. Records show the name was principally found at Gweedore in the seventeenth century.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McBride research. Another 390 words (28 lines of text) covering the years 1440, 1650, 1659, 1718, 1726, 1730, 1778, and 1800 are included under the topic Early McBride History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 42 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McBride Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Ireland became inhospitable for many native Irish families in the 19th centuries. Poverty, lack of opportunities, high rents, and discrimination forced thousands to leave the island for North America. The largest exodus of Irish settlers occurred with the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. For these immigrants the journey to British North America and the United States was long and dangerous and many did not live to see the shores of those new lands. Those who did make it were essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest and most powerful nations of the world. These Irish immigrants were not only important for peopling the new settlements and cities, they also provided the manpower needed for the many industrial and agricultural projects so essential to these growing nations. Immigration and passenger lists have documented the arrival of various people bearing the name McBride to North America:

McBride Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Edmund McBride, who arrived in New England in 1731
  • Alexander McBride, who was recorded in Charlestown, South Carolina in 1767
  • Duncan McBride, who, along with his wife Marion and their nine children, arrived in New York city in 1775
  • Duncan McBride, aged 46, landed in New York in 1775
  • Jenny McBride, aged 4, arrived in North Carolina in 1775


McBride Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Henry McBride, who arrived in America in 1801
  • Samuel McBride, aged 28, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1803
  • Sarah McBride, aged 10, arrived in New Castle, Del in 1804
  • William McBride, aged 22, landed in New Castle, Del in 1804
  • George McBride, aged 26, arrived in New York in 1807


McBride Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Anthony McBride, who was listed as a Scottish settler in Ontario, Canada in 1821
  • Mary McBride, who was recorded at the customs house of New Brunswick in 1833
  • Mary McBride, aged 20, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the brig "Dorcas Savage" from Belfast
  • Patrick McBride, aged 18, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the ship "John & Mary" from Belfast
  • Biddy McBride, aged 20, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the ship "John & Mary" from Belfast


McBride Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • James McBride, aged 20, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Constance"
  • Jas. McBride arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Constance" in 1849
  • Margaret McBride, aged 25, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Bucephalus"
  • Patrick McBride, aged 30, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Omega"
  • Robert McBride, aged 18, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Omega"


McBride Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Charles McBride arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ernestina" in 1865
  • Elizabeth McBride arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ernestina" in 1865
  • Ellen Jane McBride arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ernestina" in 1865
  • Annie C. McBride arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ernestina" in 1865
  • Eliza McBride arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Siam" in 1865


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  • Lieutenant-General Horace Logan McBride (1894-1962), American Commander in Chief Caribbean Command (1952-1954)
  • Brigadier-General Allan Clay McBride (1885-1944), American Inspector-General at 3rd Army (1940-1941)
  • Thomas Raymond McBride (1914-2001), American former Major League Baseball outfielder
  • Jon Andrew McBride (b. 1943), former NASA astronaut with over 8 days in space
  • Bernard J. McBride, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Kings County 2nd District, 1890-91
  • Andrew F. McBride (b. 1869), American Democrat politician, Physician; Mayor of Paterson, New Jersey, 1908-13
  • C. J. McBride, American Republican politician, Member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from Allegheny County 11th District; Elected 1926; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1944
  • Charles H. McBride, American Republican politician, Member of Michigan Republican State Central Committee, 1917-19, 1927; Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1944
  • Charles P. McBride, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Missouri 13th District, 1948
  • Christopher P. McBride, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Senate 39th District, 2006

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  • Charles R. McBride Memorial by Virginia McBride.
  • McBride, Hubbard Family History by Peggy Arnold.
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The McBride Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McBride 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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