Is the name “McBride Irish or Scottish?

My mother’s father’s last name was McBride. She thinks it was Scottish. I thought it might be Irish. Does anyone know for sure?

16 Answers

  • itsjustme
    1 month ago

    This is what says about the origin of the name,

    McBride Name Meaning and History

    Irish (mainly County Donegal) and Scottish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Brighde, from earlier Mac Giolla Bhrighde (Irish), Mac Gille Brighde (Scottish) ‘son of the servant of (Saint) Brighid’. Compare Kilbride.

    hope this helps.

  • Anonymous
    7 days ago

    In the 1970s an old Scottish man told me the Irish McBrides all came from Scotland. From my reading I’m not sure that is completely true. Is it possible the name developed independently in both countries? There were Scottish mercenary soldiers that were brought to Ireland called galloglass. You can check Wikipedia for a basic description and they list a few sources there. But, in Scotland, MacBrides were part of the MacDonald of Clan Ranald and were located on the west side of Scotland. So, some could possibly have come to Ireland that way.

  • ?
    5 days ago

    Mcbride Family Tree

  • Anonymous
    6 days ago

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    Is the name "McBride Irish or Scottish?

    My mother's father's last name was McBride. She thinks it was Scottish. I thought it might be Irish. Does anyone know for sure?

  • Anonymous
    5 days ago

    this applies to each of your questions… you are falling for the myth that any name is LIMITED to a single point of origin. Obviously…this is why you are finding conflicting sources (and odds are, your sources have something to sell, ie a surname coat of arms.) Names ARE NOT LIMITED to single nationalities or even origins. A PERSON named McBride IS limited to a single place of birth, which makes him Irish/Scottish/English or whatever. Friendly tip… you are wasting your energy and time.

  • patrick
    4 days ago

    From ancestorial records it appears to originate in Ireland. However keep in mind that there was a great deal of movement between the two countries so if you are a mcbride your ancestors could be either nationality.

  • Virginia C
    1 month ago

    It can be both. Mc is normally Irish. Mac is Scots. But many Scots decended from Irish families in the 1700’s and 1800’s who left Ireland for employment or the two potato famines use the Mc.

  • ?
    5 days ago

    Northern Ireland

  • Donaugh
    5 days ago

    mcbride irish scottish

  • wendy c
    1 month ago

    ditto to what Ted says.

    The “origin” of a surname is NOT the same as the origin or heritage of a PERSON.

    We’d love to entice you into tracing your ancestry. You would search for grandpa McBride, using documentation/ records, and go back to where you find the immigrant ancestor.

    Searching for surnames is what I often think of as dart-throwing.

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