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Where did the Scottish McCurdy family come from? What is the Scottish McCurdy family crest and coat of arms? When did the McCurdy family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the McCurdy family history?In the Scotland of ancient times, McCurdy was a name for a noted mariner or a sea captain.
Medieval spelling was at best an intuitive process, and translation between Gaelic and English was no more effective. These factors caused an enormous number of spelling variations in Dalriadan names. In fact, it was not uncommon to see a father and son who spelled their name differently. Over the years, McCurdy has been spelled MacCurdy, MacKirdy, MacKirdie, MacCurdie, MacQuartie, MacBararthy, MacBerarthy, MacWerarthy, MacMurtrie, MacMutrie and many more.
First found in on the isle of Bute, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McCurdy research. Another 238 words(17 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McCurdy History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early McCurdy Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the McCurdy family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 192 words(14 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
The hardy Scots who made the crossing settled all along the east coast of North America and in the great west that was just then opening up. At the time of the American War of Independence, many United Empire Loyalists moved north from the American colonies to Canada. Scottish national heritage became better known in North America in the 20th century through highland games and other patriotic events. An examination of immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name McCurdy arrived in North America very early:
McCurdy Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
McCurdy Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Dieu et mon pays
Motto Translation: God and my country.
The McCurdy Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McCurdy Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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