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