Bain Family Crest, Coat of Arms & Bain Name Origin

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Origin of the Name Bain

The Bain family history was found in the archives. Meaning 'fair haired person' the name Bain is taken from the name De Bayns which has existed in England since the thirteenth century. In modern times this name is most often associated with Scotland. In the sixteenth century there were several of the name to be found in Saint Andrews, the name also being found in Edinburgh, Dysart and Aberdeen in the seventeenth century. It occurs as a sept name of Clan MacKay and of Clan MacBain who settled in Invernessshire. Many instances are found in mediaeval records of the name and examples of such are a William Bayn who was tenant in Kethyk in 1467. A Martin Bayne held a tenement in Ayr in 1518. In Ireland this name is sometimes a synonym of the name White, taken from the Gaelic word 'ban' meaning white. Bayne is another variant.
The Bain coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Bain descendants.
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