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

The old Scottish-Dalriadan name McQuerry is derived from Guaire, an old Gaelic personal name meaning noble or proud.

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Translation in medieval times was an undeveloped science and was often carried out without due care. For this reason, many early Scottish names appeared radically altered when written in English. The spelling variations of McQuerry include MacQuarrie, MacQuarie, MacQuarry, McQuarrie, McQuarry, MacQuerry, MacCorrie, MacCorry, MacQuarrey, MacWharrie and many more.

First found in on the Isle of Ulva, where they were originally a branch of the 'Siol Alpin,' the descendants of Kenneth Mac Alpin, founder and first king of Scotland during the 9th century.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McQuerry research. Another 321 words(23 lines of text) covering the years 1630, 1778, 1818, 103. and 103. are included under the topic Early McQuerry History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early McQuerry Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the McQuerry family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 107 words(8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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These settlers arrived in North America at a time when the east was burgeoning with prosperous colonies and the expanses of the west were just being opened up. The American War of Independence was also imminent. Some Scots stayed to fight for a new country, while others who remained loyal went north as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of them went on to rediscover their heritage in the 20th century through highland games and other patriotic Scottish events. The McQuerry were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Anne McGuary, who arrived in New York in 1740; Donald Macquarrie, a "prisoners of the '45 rising," who was on record in Barbados or Jamaica in 1745; Neil Macquarrie, who settled in Nova Scotia between the years 1788-1818.

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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: Turris fortis meus mihi Deus
Motto Translation: To me God is my strong tower

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