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Mcelwain Family History

Mcelwain Name Meaning

Scottish and Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Giolla Bháin (Irish) or Mac Gille Bháin (Scottish) ‘son of the fair-haired lad’ often translated into English as White or Whyte but otherwise indistinguishable once Anglicized from Scottish Gaelic Mac Gille Bheathain in 2 below. Compare Kilbane . Scottish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Gille Bheathain ‘son of the servant (i.e. devotee) of (Saint) Beathan’ a personal name representing a diminutive of beatha ‘life’. Compare McBain .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Mclean, Mcswain, Mcewen, Melvin, Mccowan, Mcgowan, Mceachin, Mcquain

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Where is the Mcelwain family from?

You can see how Mcelwain families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Mcelwain family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Mcelwain families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 18 Mcelwain families living in New Brunswick. This was about 86% of all the recorded Mcelwain's in Canada. New Brunswick had the highest population of Mcelwain families in 1911.
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What did your Mcelwain ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer was the top reported job for people in the Canada named Mcelwain. 55% of Mcelwain men worked as a Farmer. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1921

  • Farmer
    55%
  • Labourer
    21%
  • Laborer
    13%
  • Farmers Son
    13%
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Passenger Lists

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There are 3,000 military records available for the last name Mcelwain. For the veterans among your Mcelwain ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Mcelwain lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Mcelwain life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Mcelwain in 1941 was 46, and 73 in 2004.

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