The Gowrie family comes from the ancient Scottish Dalriadan clans of the mountainous west coast of Scotland
. The name Gowrie is derived from the personal name Goraidh,
an Old Norse forename. The Gaelic form of the name was Mac Goraidh,
which means son of Goraidh.
or son of Godfrey.
Early Origins of the Gowrie family
The surname Gowrie was first found in on the Isle of Skye
, 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.
Early History of the Gowrie family
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Gowrie Spelling Variations
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 Gowrie include MacGorrie, MacGorry, MacGory, MacGorey and others.
Early Notables of the Gowrie family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Gowrie family to the New World and Oceana
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 Gowrie arrived in North America very early:
Gowrie Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Henry Gowrie, aged 19, who landed in Barbados in 1635 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
The Gowrie Motto
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: Per mare per terras
Motto Translation: By sea and by land.