Scotish : MacCabe
Sept of Clan MacLeod of Lewis
Motto: "Aut Vincere Aut Mori"
Translation: "Either Conquer Or Die"

The surname McCabe takes it origins from the name MacCabe or MacCaba. Translation would give the surname the meaning "the son of the helmeted one."

The McCabes trace back to the MacCabes of Isle of Lewis in Scotland. There they were a sept of Clan MacLeod of Lewis, who were one of the earliest organized lighthouse keepers. In the 1300's, the MacCabes left the Isle of Lewis for Ireland to become gallowglasses (mercenaries) in the armies of the O'Reillys, the O'Rourkes and the MacMahons. They settled mostly in the Counties of Monaghan and Cavan.

The McCabe Coat of Arms is described as the following:

Vert, a fess wavy between 3 salmon naiant argent; Crest: A demi segreant vert

The following is the meaning of the Arms.
Argent or Silver is for humility
Vert or Green is for courtesy
Fess is for a military belt
Salmon is for perseverance
Griffon is for vigilancy

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