McCubbins History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The original Gaelic form of the Irish name McCubbins was written as Mac Cadain, derived from the ancient Irish forename Cadan.

Early Origins of the McCubbins family

The surname McCubbins was first found in County Armagh (Irish: Ard Mhacha) located in the province of Ulster in present day Northern Ireland, where they held a family seat from early times.

Early History of the McCubbins family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McCubbins research. Another 125 words (9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McCubbins History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McCubbins Spelling Variations

The search for the origins of the name McCubbins family name revealed numerous spelling variations. These variants can be somewhat accounted for when it is realized that before widespread literacy people only recognized their name by pronunciation; it was up to scribes to decide how it was to be formally recorded. Variations found include Cadden, Caden, Caddin, McCadden, McWadden and others.

Early Notables of the McCubbins family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the McCubbins family

Ireland saw an enormous decrease in its population in the 19th century due to immigration and death. This pattern of immigration began slowly in the late 18th century and gradually grew throughout the early portion of the 19th century. However, a dramatic increase in the country's immigration numbers occurred when the Great Potato Famine struck in the 1840s. The early immigrants to North America were primarily destined to be farmers tending to their own plot of land, those that came later initially settled within pre-established urban centers. These urban immigrants provided the cheap labor that the fast developing United States and soon to be Canada required. Regardless of their new lifestyle in North America, the Irish immigrants to the United States and Canada made invaluable contributions to their newly adopted societies. An investigation of immigrant and passenger lists revealed many McCubbinss: James Cadden who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1817; another James Caden settled in Philadelphia in 1844; Patrick and Thomas Cadden settled in Philadelphia in 1842 and 1856.


Contemporary Notables of the name McCubbins (post 1700) +

  • Mathew D. McCubbins (b. 1956), American Ruth F. De Varney Professor of Political Science and Professor of Law at Duke University
  • Raymond Christopher "Chris" McCubbins (1945-2009), American gold medalist middle-distance runner at the 1967 Pan American Games


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