Thursday, March 8, 2012
The McCain Surname
McCain, McCane, McKane, McKean, McKeen, and McKain are just various anglicised forms of the Gaelic surname Mac Eáin. Most of our families have used several anglicised spellings over there years. Most anglicised spellings did not become 'fixed' until the early 1800s. The Marsh Creek McCains used, or the clerks that wrote their name down, used McKeen and McKean in the 1700s. Most families that remained north of the Mason Dixon line retained those two spellings. In the South (of the USA) the McCain spelling became dominate.