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Origins Available: Irish, Scottish
The Hebrides islands and the west coast of Scotland are the ancestral home of the McCabe family. Their name comes from the Gaelic form Mac-Aba, which means son of the Abbot.
Medieval translation of Gaelic names could not be referred to as an accurate process. Spelling was not yet standardized, and names in documents from that era are riddled with spelling variations. McCabe has been written as MacCabe, McCabe, McAbe, MacAbe and others.
First found in on the Isle of Arran, where they held a family seat from early times. The family name McCabe first appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McCabe research. Another 227 words (16 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McCabe History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early McCabe Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the McCabe family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 170 words (12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Ancestors of many of the Dalriadan families who crossed the Atlantic still live along the east coast of the United States and Canada. Some Scottish settlers arrived in Canada during the American War of Independence as United Empire Loyalists, while others stayed south to fight for a new nation. The descendants of Scottish settlers in both countries began to rediscover their heritage in the 19th and 20th centuries through Clan societies and highland games. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name McCabe or a variant listed above:
McCabe Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Sarah McCabe, who arrived in America in 1764
McCabe Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Edward McCabe, aged 35, landed in New Castle or Philadelphia in 1805
- Joseph McCabe, who landed in America in 1811
- Linus McCabe, aged 27, arrived in New York in 1812
- Owen McCabe, aged 30, landed in New York in 1812
- Hugh McCabe, aged 29, arrived in Maryland in 1813
McCabe Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Elizabeth McCabe, who arrived in Arkansas in 1905
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, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the brig "Ugoni" from Belfast
- Michael McCabe, aged 24, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1834 aboard the ship "Edwin" from Dublin
- Mary McCabe, aged 21, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1834 aboard the ship "Edwin" from Dublin
McCabe Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Margaret McCabe arrived in Glenelg Roads aboard the ship "Pestonjee Bomanjee" in 1838
- Patrick McCabe arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Constance" in 1849
- Patrick McCabe, aged 30, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Constance"
- Ann McCabe, aged 18, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Navarino"
- Joseph Mccabe arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Constitution" in 1851
McCabe Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Charles Martin McCabe arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Eagle" in 1854
- Gratton McCabe arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Surat" in 1864
- Ellen McCabe, aged 17, a servant, arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Siberia" in 1870
- Mary A. McCabe, aged 18, a servant, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Dorette" in 1874
- Bridget McCabe, aged 19, a servant, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Dorette" in 1874
- Brigadier-General Edward Raynsford Warner McCabe (1876-1960), American Assistant Chief of Staff (G2) US Army (1937-1940)
- Edward A. McCabe (b. 1917), Irish-born American aide to President Dwight Eisenhower
- Edward P. McCabe (1850-1923), American politician
- Brian McCabe (b. 1951), Scottish poet
- Mr. Richard Mccabe (d. 1915), English Fireman from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
- Mr. John Alexander Mccabe (d. 1915), English Trimmer from Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
- Mr. Andrew Mccabe (d. 1915), English Fireman from Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
- Mr. Ernest Victor McCabe (1922-1941), Australian Able Seaman from Paddington, New South Wales, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking
- Mr. Donald Wolsey McCabe (1921-1941), Australian Acting Paymaster Sub-Lieutenant (S) from Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking
- Mr. Thomas McCabe, British Trimmer from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking on May 29th 1914
- The Descendants of James McCabe and Ann Pettigrew by Allan Everett Marble.
- McCabe-Wisel and Allied Families by Julia McCabe Hull.
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.
- Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
- Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
- Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
- Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
- Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
- Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
- Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
- 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.
- Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
- Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
The McCabe Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McCabe 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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