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McCain History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The surname McCain originally appeared in Gaelic as "O Cathain" or "Mac Cathain."

Early Origins of the McCain family


The surname McCain was first found in County Londonderry (Irish: Doire), a Northern Irish county also known as Derry, in the province of Ulster. At one time, the areas was named O'Cahan Country.

Early History of the McCain family


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McCain Spelling Variations


Pronunciation, rather than spelling, guided scribes and church officials when recording names during the Middle Ages. This practice often resulted in one person's name being recorded under several different spellings. Numerous spelling variations of the surname McCain are preserved in these old documents. The various spellings of the name that were found include Keane, Kane, Kayne, Keaney, Keny, Keyne, O'Kane, O'Keane, O'Cahan, Cahan, Kean, O'Cain, McCloskey, McCluskey, McClaskey and many more.

Early Notables of the McCain family (pre 1700)


Prominent amongst the family at this time was Ruaidri Dall Ó Catháin ( fl. late 16th/early 17th century), an Irish harper and composer; and Echlin O'Kane, one of the most famous of all Irish Harpists. Manus O'Cahan's Regiment of Foot was a body of soldiers, many of who had fought in Europe...
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Migration of the McCain family to the New World and Oceana


The 19th century saw a great wave of Irish families leaving Ireland for the distant shores of North America and Australia. These families often left their homeland hungry, penniless, and destitute do to the policies of England. Those Irish immigrants that survived the long sea passage initially settled on the eastern seaboard of the continent. Some, however, moved north to a then infant Canada as United Empire Loyalists after ironically serving with the English in the American War of Independence. Others that remained in America later joined the westward migration in search of land. The greatest influx of Irish immigrants, though, came to North America during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Thousands left Ireland at this time for North America, and those who arrived were immediately put to work building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. In fact, the foundations of today's powerful nations of the United Sates and Canada were to a larger degree built by the Irish. Archival documents indicate that members of the McCain family relocated to North American shores quite early:

McCain Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John McCain, aged 18, who landed in New York in 1812 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • James McCain, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1828 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Robert McCain, aged 27, who arrived in Alabama in 1858 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)

McCain Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Thomas McCain, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1839
  • Mr. John McCain, aged 22 who emigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Eliza" departing from the port of Glasgow, Scotland but died on Grosse Isle in September 1847 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 42)
  • Ms. Maria McCain who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Goliah" departing 21st May 1847 from Liverpool, England; the ship arrived on 18th July 1847 but she died on board [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 86)
  • Mr. Patrick McCain who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "George" departing 13th April 1847 from Liverpool, England; the ship arrived on 12th June 1847 but he died on board [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 86)

Contemporary Notables of the name McCain (post 1700)


  • Jerry "Boogie" McCain (1930-2012), American electric blues harmonica player
  • Meghan Marguerite McCain (b. 1984), American columnist and author, daughter of U.S. Senator John McCain
  • Edwin McCain (b. 1970), American singer-songwriter and musician
  • Scott McCain (b. 1958), American former professional tennis player
  • Brigadier-General William Alexander McCain (1878-1960), American Commanding Officer Philadelphia Quartermaster Depot, Pennsylvania (1934-1942) [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2013, February 12) William McCain. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/McCain/William_Alexander/USA.html
  • John Sidney McCain III (b. 1936), United States Navy pilot during the Vietnam War, and U.S. Senator, Republican Party 2008 presidential candidate
  • Admiral John S. McCain Sr. (1884-1945), American Navy officer who in 1942 commanded all land-based air operations in support of the Guadalcanal campaign
  • Frances Lee McCain (b. 1944), American actress
  • Allison D. McCain, Canadian Chairman of McCain Foods
  • Wallace F. McCain CC, ONB (1930-2011), Canadian co-founder of McCain Foods in New Brunswick, Canada
  • ... (Another 6 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Suggested Readings for the name McCain


  • McKean/McCain by Elaine Richardson.

The McCain 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: Felis demulcta mitis
Motto Translation: A stroked cat is gentle.


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Citations


  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. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 42)
  3. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 86)
  4. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2013, February 12) William McCain. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/McCain/William_Alexander/USA.html

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