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The background history of the name McVean starts in ancient Scotland among the Pictish people. The name McVean is derived from the Gaelic word Beathan or betha which means life. Bean was also the name of a saint in the Breviary of Aberdeen.

McVean Early Origins



The surname McVean was first found in Aberdeen (part of the modern Grampian region), where one of the first times the name arose was a Bean who was a magistrate circa 1210. It is known, however, that the MacBains moved to Invernessshire, as sod bearers to the Chiefs of the great Clan Chattan (a powerful confederation of early Clans). The name literally means "son of the fair lad," and was frequently translated to MacBean (Bain).

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McVean Spelling Variations


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McVean Spelling Variations



Prior to the invention of the printing press in the last hundred years, documents were basically unique. Names were written according to sound, and often appeared differently each time they were recorded. Spelling variations of the name McVean include Bean, Beane, Beyn, Bayn, Bene, Bane, Baine, Beine, Bayne, Beyne, Been, Beaine, MacBain, MacBean, MacVain, MacBean, MacVan and many more.

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McVean Early History


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McVean Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McVean research. Another 194 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1400, 1411, 1550, and 1745 are included under the topic Early McVean History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McVean Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McVean Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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McVean In Ireland


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McVean In Ireland



Some of the McVean family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 89 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



The freedom of the North American colonies was enticing, and many Scots left to make the great crossing. It was a long and hard journey, but its reward was a place where there was more land than people and tolerance was far easier to come by. Many of these people came together to fight for a new nation in the American War of Independence, while others remained loyal to the old order as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of Scots in North America have recovered much of this heritage in the 20th century through Clan societies and other such organizations. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important and early immigrants to North America bearing the name of McVean:

McVean Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Peter McVean, who arrived in New York in 1775
  • Effie McVean, who arrived in New York in 1786
  • James McVean, who arrived in New York in 1789
  • Duncan McVean, who landed in New York in 1789
  • John McVean, who landed in New York in 1789
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

McVean Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Henry McVean, aged 20, landed in New York in 1812
  • Agnes McVean, aged 58, arrived in Kansas in 1886

McVean Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. James McVean U.E., (McVane) who settled in St. Andrews, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

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Contemporary Notables of the name McVean (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name McVean (post 1700)



  • Charles McVean (1802-1848), American jurist and politician, U.S. Representative from New York (1833-1835)
  • Robert McVean (b. 1961), American professional football player
  • W. A. McVean, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Philippine Islands, 1916
  • John C. McVean Jr., American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1900
  • John A. McVean, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Cortland County, 1860
  • John McVean, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Monroe County, 1845
  • Daniel McVean, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Montgomery County, 1812-13
  • D. G. McVean, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Philippine Islands, 1936
  • Charles McVean (1802-1848), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from New York 15th District, 1833-35; Montgomery County District Attorney, 1836-39; U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, 1848
  • Malcolm McVean (1871-1907), Scottish association footballer who played from 1892 to 1897
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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McVean Historic Events


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McVean Historic Events




HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. John Mcnaught Dickson Mcvean, British Leading Telegraphist, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died during the sinking

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Motto


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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 catt bot a targe
Motto Translation: Touch not the cat without a shield.


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  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  2. Fairbairn,. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  3. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  4. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  6. Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
  7. Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
  8. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  9. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
  10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  11. ...

The McVean Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McVean Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 2 March 2016 at 13:23.

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