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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

  • James McCurdy, and his wife Elizabeth Ayers, who were recorded as Scotch-Irish living in New Hampshire in 1730
  • Archibald Mccurdy, who arrived in New England in 1737 with his five children
  • Archibald McCurdy, who landed in New England in 1737
  • Catherine McCurdy, who arrived in New England in 1738
  • John McCurdy, who arrived in New England in 1745

McCurdy Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Hugh McCurdy, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1827
  • Robert McCurdy, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1835
  • James McCurdy, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1843
  • Lauchlan McCurdy, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1851
  • Lochlin McCurdy, aged 24, landed in New York in 1854


  • Jennette McCurdy (b. 1992), American actress
  • Richard Clark McCurdy (1909-1997), American businessman, president of Shell Oil Co. from 1965-1969
  • Michael McCurdy (b. 1942), American book illustrator, author, and publisher
  • Brendan McCurdy (b. 1984), American television actor
  • Charles Johnson McCurdy (1797-1891), American lawyer, diplomat, Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut (1847 to 1849)
  • David Keith McCurdy (b. 1950), American lawyer, politician, president of the American Gas Association
  • Elmer McCurdy (1880-1911), Oklahoma outlaw
  • Charles Albert McCurdy (1870-1941), English politician, member of the British Parliament
  • Fleming Blanchard McCurdy (1875-1952), Canadian politician, member of the Canadian House of Commons
  • Arthur Williams McCurdy (1856-1923), Canadian businessman, inventor and astronomer, private secretary to Alexander Graham Bell



  • The Stone Mountain McCurdys by Julius Augustus McCurdy.

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.


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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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