McCabe History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The McCabe family's roots in Ireland stretch back to the year 1350, when they were imported to Ireland as mercenaries, or gallowglasses, from Scotland by the Irish chiefs of the O'Rourkes and the O'Reillys of Leitrim and Cavan. This family was named for the peculiar headgear it wore: the name McCabe comes from the Gaelic word Caba, meaning 'hat' or 'cap.' Thus, it belongs to the nickname category of surnames.

Early Origins of the McCabe family

The surname McCabe was first found in on the Isle of Arran in Scotland. Shortly after their arrival in Ireland in 1350, they became a recognized Breffny sept with their chief being "Constable of the two Breffnys". This would be their homeland for centuries. They were known as mercenaries to the O'Reillys and the O'Rourkes, but then became their own Sept in Breffny and their Chief was the 'Constable of the two Breffnys.'

During the middle of the 14th century, they were granted lands in Leitrim, Cavan, Monaghan and Meath. The MaCabes lost their estates after the battle of Aughrim in 1691.

Early History of the McCabe family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McCabe research. Another 112 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1601, 1613, 1810, 1740 and 1689 are included under the topic Early McCabe History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McCabe Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: McAbbe, Caybe, McCaibe, MacAbe, Abee, McAbeee, McAbbee, Abbee, McCaybe, Cabe, Abeee, MacCabee, MacCabe, McCabe, Cabbe, McAbee, Caibe and many more.

Early Notables of the McCabe family (pre 1700)

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


United States McCabe migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McCabe Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Sarah McCabe, who arrived in America in 1764 [1]
McCabe Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Edward McCabe, aged 35, who landed in New Castle or Philadelphia in 1805 [1]
  • Joseph McCabe, who landed in America in 1811 [1]
  • Linus McCabe, aged 27, who arrived in New York in 1812 [1]
  • Owen McCabe, aged 30, who landed in New York in 1812 [1]
  • Hugh McCabe, aged 29, who arrived in Maryland in 1813 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
McCabe Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Elizabeth McCabe, who arrived in Arkansas in 1905 [1]

Canada McCabe migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McCabe Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • James McCabe, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1783
McCabe Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Richard McCabe, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1821
  • Francis McCabe, who landed in Canada in 1829
  • Eliza McCabe, aged 21, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Ugoni" from Belfast, Ireland
  • Michael McCabe, aged 24, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the ship "Edwin" from Dublin, Ireland
  • Mary McCabe, aged 21, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the ship "Edwin" from Dublin, Ireland
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia McCabe migration to Australia +

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

McCabe Settlers in Australia in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Alexander Mccabe, (b. 1773), aged 20, Irish convict who was convicted in Dundalk, County Louth, Ireland for life, transported aboard the "Boddingtons" on 15th February 1793, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, he died in 1850 [2]
McCabe Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Robert Mccabe, (b. 1803), aged 31, English farm labourer who was convicted in Durham, England for life for highway robbery, transported aboard the "Bengal Merchant" on 27th September 1834, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [3]
  • Margaret McCabe, who arrived in Glenelg Roads aboard the ship "Pestonjee Bomanjee" in 1838 [4]
  • Patrick McCabe, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Constance" in 1849 [5]
  • Patrick McCabe, aged 30, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Constance" [5]
  • Miss. Mary McCabe, (Turner, Todner), Scottish convict who was convicted in Glasgow, Scotland for 7 years, transported aboard the "Baretto Junior" on 5th April 1850, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand McCabe 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:

McCabe Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James McCabe, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Royal Albert" arriving in Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 6th March 1853 [7]
  • Charles Martin McCabe, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Eagle" in 1854
  • Mr. Dunbar McCabe, Scottish settler travelling from Leith aboard the ship 'Melbourne' arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 18th March 1861 [8]
  • Mr. James Mccabe, British labourer travelling from London aboard the ship "Victory " arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 17th October 1863 [7]
  • Gratton McCabe, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Surat" in 1864
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name McCabe (post 1700) +

  • Arva Moore Parks McCabe (1939-2020), American historian, author and preservationist in Miami, Florida, inducted into the Florida Women's Hall of Fame (1986)
  • Andrew George McCabe (b. 1968), American attorney and politician, Deputy Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (2016-), Acting Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (2017), former Deputy Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (2018)
  • Brigadier-General Edward Raynsford Warner McCabe (1876-1960), American Assistant Chief of Staff (G2) US Army (1937-1940) [9]
  • Edward A. McCabe (b. 1917), Irish-born American aide to President Dwight Eisenhower
  • Edward P. McCabe (1850-1923), American politician
  • Eugene McCabe (1930-2020), Scottish-born Irish novelist, short story writer, playwright, and television screenwriter
  • Patrick McCabe (b. 1955), Irish novelist
  • Gerard McCabe (b. 1980), Northern Irish actor
  • Christopher John McCabe (b. 1967), Canadian-born, British scientist and novelist, Professor of Molecular Endocrinology at the University of Birmingham and writes novels under the pseudonyms John McCabe and John Macken
  • Stanley Joseph McCabe (1910-1968), Australian cricketer who played 39 Test matches for Australia
  • ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Empress of Ireland
  • Mr. James McCabe, British Fireman from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking [10]
  • Mr. Richard McCabe, British Trimmer from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking [10]
  • Mr. Thomas McCabe, British Trimmer from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking [10]
HMAS Sydney II
  • Mr. Donald Wolsey McCabe (1921-1941), Australian Acting Paymaster Sub-Lieutenant (S) from Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II and died in the sinking [11]
  • Mr. Ernest Victor McCabe (1922-1941), Australian Able Seaman from Paddington, New South Wales, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II and died in the sinking [11]
HMS Royal Oak
  • Cornelius B. McCabe, British Able Seaman with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [12]
RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. Andrew Mccabe, English Fireman from Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [13]
  • Mr. Richard Mccabe, English Fireman from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [13]
  • Mr. John Alexander Mccabe, English Trimmer from Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [13]


The McCabe 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: Aut vincere aut mori
Motto Translation: Either to conquer or die.


Suggested Readings for the name McCabe +

  • 1025 The Descendants of James McCabe and Ann Pettigrew by Allan Everett Marble, McCabe-Wisel and Allied Families by Julia McCabe Hull.

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 25th October 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/boddingtons
  3. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 7th October 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/bengal-merchant
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The PESTONJEE BOMANJEE 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838PestonjeeBomanjee.htm
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CONSTANCE 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Constance.htm
  6. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 16th September 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/baretto-junior
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  8. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  9. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2013, February 12) Edward McCabe. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/McCabe/Edward_Raynsford_Warner/USA.html
  10. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  11. ^ HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from http://www.findingsydney.com/roll.asp
  12. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
  13. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 7) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/


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