Mac Caba/McCabe has its origins from the Isle of Arran in
the Hebrides of Scotland, being of Norse-Scot extraction
through Viking invaders settling with the indigenous Scots.
The McCabes are one of the main Irish mercenary Gallowglass
Families to emerge from the Highlands and Islands of
Scotland during the 13th century. [Further detail can be
found in: MacLysaght, Edward (1957). Irish Families, Their
Names, Arms and Origins. Dublin: Hodges, Figgis & Co. pp.
The arms are
based upon those attributed to Alexander MacCabe: According
to a genealogy which purports to date from the 17th century,
Alexander MacCabe (fl.1689) was a descendant of the last
chieftains of the MacCabes. Within the genealogy, his arms
are blazoned: Vert a fesse wavy between three salmons naiant
Argent; crest a demi-griffon sergeant Vert; motto Aut
Vincere Aut Mori. [D'Alton, John (1861). Illustrations,
Historical and Genealogical, of King James's Irish Army
List. 2 (2nd enlarged ed.). London: John Russell Smith. pp.