Clan MacBean

There could be several possible Gaelic origins of the name MacBean, with bheathain (lively one) being one. Another more likely origin for the name is the gaelic Bàn ('Fair' / 'White' in English), which appears in the name of Scottish King Donald Bàn - the name could be a reference to the color of his hair and/or the paleness of his face. Donald Bàn's epithet is often seen phonetically anglicised as Bane or Bain. The first name 'Bean' is also found applied to men from other Clan Chattan families such as Clan Macpherson and Clan Shaw, and Clan MacGillivray.