McCabe is a Scottish and Irish patronymic name, an Anglicized form of the Gaelic MacCaba. The word caba means "cape". The name describes the family of the wearer of a distinctive cape. The family motto is"either conquer or die" and indicates a military background for the McCabe ancestors. Many were mercenaries or foot soldiers.
McCabe is the 1,200th most popular last name (surname) in the United States. The McCabe surname can be traced to Colla da Croich, the founder of the Kingdom of Oriel and ancestor of many Ulster families. Oriel territory included the modern Counties Monaghan, Armagh and part of Louth. The McCabe surname is the 6th most popular in County Monaghan, Ireland.
Our earliest McCabe relative is Thomas, who came to America with his sons from County Westmeath, Ireland, and settled in Louisiana. Later he moved to Perry and Ste. Genevieve Counties in Missouri.
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