The Scottish surname McBain is an anglicized form of the Gaelic name Mac a’ Ghille Bhàin meaning “son of the pale or white-haired lad.” The name in Scotland is first recorded in Aberdeenshire in the 13th Century. The McBains moved from Aberdeenshire to Inverness where they were sod bearers to the Chiefs of the great Clan Chattan. The name is first recorded in the New World in 1739 when Archibald McBain arrived in Georgia from Scotland. Today there are approximately 1400 bearers of the surname McBain living in the US.
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