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Where did the Irish McBryde family come from? What is the Irish McBryde family crest and coat of arms? When did the McBryde family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the McBryde family history?There are many Irish surnames being used today in forms that are quite different than their original, ancient forms. McBryde originally appeared in Gaelic as Mac Giolla Bhrighde, which denotes a devotee of St. Brigid.
Names from the Middle Ages demonstrate many spelling variations. This is because the recording scribe or church official often decided as to how a person's name was spelt and in what language. Research into the name McBryde revealed many variations, including MacBride, Kilbride, Gilbride and others.
First found in Donegal, where the they are descended from the son of the servant (follower, devotee) of St. Brigit, the virgin Abbess of Kildare who died 525 A.D. The surname was first listed as eranaghs of Raymunterdoney in Donegal, a parish which includes Tory Island. The parish comprises 12,017 statute acres, but more than two-thirds is mountainous. Records show the name was principally found at Gweedore in the seventeenth century.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McBryde research. Another 390 words(28 lines of text) covering the years 1440, 1650, 1659, 1718, 1726, 1730, 1778, and 1800 are included under the topic Early McBryde History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 42 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McBryde Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
During the 19th century thousands of impoverished Irish families made the long journey to British North America and the United States. These people were leaving a land that had become beset with poverty, lack of opportunity, and hunger. In North America, they hoped to find land, work, and political and religious freedoms. Although the majority of the immigrants that survived the long sea passage did make these discoveries, it was not without much perseverance and hard work: by the mid-19th century land suitable for agriculture was short supply, especially in British North America, in the east; the work available was generally low paying and physically taxing construction or factory work; and the English stereotypes concerning the Irish, although less frequent and vehement, were, nevertheless, present in the land of freedom, liberty, and equality for all men. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. Research into passenger and immigration lists has brought forth evidence of the early members of the McBryde family in North America:
McBryde Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The McBryde Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McBryde 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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