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Where did the Scottish McGarrigle family come from? What is the Scottish McGarrigle family crest and coat of arms? When did the McGarrigle family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the McGarrigle family history?

The ancestors of the McGarrigle family were part of an ancient Scottish tribe called the Picts. They lived in the lands of Cargill in east Perthshire where the family at one time had extensive territories.


In medieval Scotland, names were more often spelled according to sound than any regular set of rules. An enormous number of spelling variations were the result. Over the years, the name McGarrigle has been spelled Cargill, Cargille, Carnigill, Cargile, Kergylle, Cargyle, Carrigle, McGirl and many more.

First found in Perthshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Pheairt) former county in the present day Council Area of Perth and Kinross, located in central Scotland, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McGarrigle research. Another 183 words(13 lines of text) covering the years 1283, 1457, 1681, 1619, 1681, 1638, 1643 and 1681 are included under the topic Early McGarrigle History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 81 words(6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McGarrigle Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the McGarrigle family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 47 words(3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


In such difficult times, Ireland, Australia, and North America looked like better homes for many Scots. The trips were expensive and grueling, but also rewarding, as the colonies were havens for those unwelcome in the old country. That legacy did not die easily, though, and many were forced to fight for their freedom in the American War of Independence. The Scottish legacy has resurface in more recent times, though, through Clan societies, highland games, and other organizations. Immigration and passenger lists have shown many early immigrants bearing the old Scottish name of McGarrigle:

McGarrigle Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century

  • James McGarrigle, aged 22, who emigrated to the United States from Donegal, in 1901
  • Mary McGarrigle, aged 35, who settled in America, in 1908
  • Thomas McGarrigle, aged 35, who settled in America from Ballaleck, Ireland, in 1909
  • Michael McGarrigle, aged 32, who emigrated to the United States from Cliffoney, Ireland, in 1910
  • James McGarrigle, aged 24, who landed in America from Cliffoney, Ireland, in 1911


  • Rufus McGarrigle Wainwright (b. 1973), Grammy-nominated Canadian-American singer-songwriter
  • Topaz McGarrigle, American saxophone player, founder of the jazz band Topaz
  • Kate McGarrigle CM (1946-2010), award-winning Canadian folk music singer-songwriter made a Member of the Order of Canada in 1993
  • Anna McGarrigle (b. 1944), Canadian folk music singer-songwriter
  • Jane McGarrigle, Canadian songwriter and musician


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: Domino confido
Motto Translation: Confide in the Lord.


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The McGarrigle Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McGarrigle 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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