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McGain History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The McGain surname comes from the Gaelic MacComaidh, which is in turn from MacThomaidh or MacThom. The same Gaelic names have often been Anglicized Thomson.

Early Origins of the McGain family


The surname McGain was first found in Perthshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Pheairt) former county in the present day Council Area of Perth and Kinross, located in central Scotland, where they held a family seat from very ancient times.

Early History of the McGain family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McGain research.
Another 180 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1526, 1571, and 1587 are included under the topic Early McGain History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McGain Spelling Variations


Spelling variations of this family name include: MacComb, MacCombe, MacCombie, MacCombs, MacCome, MacComie, McCome, McKComb, Mackcome, McComey and many more.

Early Notables of the McGain family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the McGain family to Ireland


Some of the McGain family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 126 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the McGain family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McGain Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Annie McGain, aged 22, who arrived in America from Douglas, Isle of Man, in 1907
  • Jamel McGain, aged 32, who arrived in America from London, England, in 1907

Contemporary Notables of the name McGain (post 1700)


  • Sydney John "Syd" McGain (1917-2008), Australian rules footballer
  • Bryce Edward McGain (b. 1972), Australian cricketer who played a single Test match for the Australian national cricket team

The McGain 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: Touch not the cat bot a glove
Motto Translation: Don't touch the cat without a glove.


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