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Mcelwain Family History

Mcelwain Name Meaning
Scottish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Gille Bheathain ‘son of the servant of (Saint) Beathan’, a personal name representing a diminutive of beatha ‘life’.Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Giolla Bháin ‘son of the white-haired (i.e. ‘ash blond’) lad’. In Ulster this surname can be the Scottish name as in 1.

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

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Name Distribution of Mcelwain Families

  • Number of Mcelwain families
     29 - 56
     10 - 28
     1 - 9
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Mcelwain families
     2 - 1
     2 - 1
     1
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Mcelwain families
     6 - 10
     3 - 5
     1 - 2
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Mcelwain Family Origin

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Mcelwain Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Mcelwain

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Mcelwain Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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