The name "McBride" or "MacBride" is the English spelling for the Irish name "Mac Giolla Brídhe" meaning son of the follower, or servant, of Brigid, a sixth century Saint. It is a name found in County Donegal in Ireland and in the Kintyre Peninsula in Scotland and is a Sept of the Ui Brolcháin Clan of the Cenél nEógain, son of Niall of the Nine Hostages.
Variants of the name McBride include Kilbride, McBryde and McBraid. McBride is Mac Giolla Brighde in Irish. In Connaught the variant name Kilbride is often found.