McElwaine History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the McElwaine family

The surname McElwaine was first found in Ayrshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Àir), formerly a county in the southwestern Strathclyde region of Scotland, that today makes up the Council Areas of South, East, and North Ayrshire, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Early History of the McElwaine family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McElwaine research. Another 112 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1500 and 1546 are included under the topic Early McElwaine History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McElwaine Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: MacIlvean, MacIlvane, MacIlvenna, MacIlwain, MacIlwaine and many more.

Early Notables of the McElwaine family (pre 1700)

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

Ireland Migration of the McElwaine family to Ireland

Some of the McElwaine family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 31 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States McElwaine migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McElwaine Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Robert McElwaine, who arrived in New England in 1769 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name McElwaine (post 1700) +

  • George A. McElwaine, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kentucky, 1916
  • Frank McElwaine, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 2008
  • Séamus Turlough McElwaine (1960-1986), Irish volunteer in the South Fermanagh Brigade of IRA killed by the Special Air Service in 1986
  • Sir Percy Alexander McElwaine QC (1884-1969), Irish officer, Attorney General of Fiji (1927-1931)


  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)


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