McElwaine History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the McElwaine family

The surname McElwaine was first found in Dumfries where Thomas Makgilvane was a tenant under Douglas in the barony of Buittle in 1376. The name was derived from the Gaelic Mac Gille Bheathain, meaning 'son of the servant of S. Beathin' (Bean). There are many spelling variations of the name due to the English translation from Gaelic. John Mcilmeyne was a witness in Dumfries in 1477 and Gilbert Makilmeyn de Grummat was listed here in 1503. [1]

Allan McYlveine de Grumet who appears as bailie of the Abbey of Crossraguel in 1523 is Alan Makilwene, juror on assize in the bailliary of Carrick in 1532. [1]

Early History of the McElwaine family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McElwaine research. Another 236 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1500, 1526, 1546, 1547, 1574, 1566, 1569, 1570, 1627, 1674, 1628, 1790, 1797, 1882, 1797, 1764, 1831, 1814, 1818, 1843, 1871, 1853 and 1882 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 191 words (14 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 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name McElwaine (post 1700) +

  • George A. McElwaine, American Democratic Party 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. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. ^ 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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