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The annals of Scottish history reveal that MacReady was first used as a name by ancestors of the Pictish tribe of ancient Scotland. The MacReady family lived in Ayrshire.

MacReady Early Origins



The surname MacReady was first found in Ayrshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Àir), formerly a county in the southwestern Strathclyde region of Scotland, that today makes up the Council Areas of South, East, and North Ayrshire, 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.

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MacReady Spelling Variations


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MacReady Spelling Variations



Before the first dictionaries appeared in the last few hundred years, scribes spelled according to sound. spelling variations are common among Scottish names. MacReady has been spelled MacCreadie, MacCredie, MacCready, MacReady, MacRedie and many more.

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MacReady Early History


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MacReady Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacReady research. Another 139 words (10 lines of text) covering the year 1720 is included under the topic Early MacReady History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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MacReady Early Notables (pre 1700)


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MacReady Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early MacReady Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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MacReady In Ireland


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MacReady In Ireland



Some of the MacReady family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 135 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



In those unstable times, many had no choice but to leave their beloved homelands. Sickness and poverty hounded travelers to North America, but those who made it were welcomed with land and opportunity. These settlers gave the young nations of Canada and the United States a strong backbone as they stood up for their beliefs as United Empire Loyalists and in the American War of Independence. In this century, the ancestors of these brave Scots have begun to recover their illustrious heritage through Clan societies and other heritage organizations. Early passenger and immigration lists reveal many Scottish settlers bearing the name MacReady:

MacReady Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Annie Reynolds Macready, aged 32, who emigrated to the United States from Dundee, Scotland, in 1911
  • James Macready, aged 8, who emigrated to the United States from Dundee, Scotland, in 1911
  • Lizzie Macready, aged 4, who landed in America from Dundee, Scotland, in 1911
  • Matthew Macready, aged 10, who landed in America from Dundee, Scotland, in 1911
  • Robert Macready, aged 0, who emigrated to the United States from Dundee, Scotland, in 1911
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

MacReady Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Thomas MacReady, who settled in Ontario in 1841

MacReady Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Mary Macready, aged 29, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Marion" [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MARION 1851 - HER HISTORY. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Marion.htm
  • Jane Macready, aged 24, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Marion" [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MARION 1851 - HER HISTORY. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Marion.htm

MacReady Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Andrew Macready, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Joseph Fletcher" in 1855
  • Thomas MacReady, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Triumph" in 1883

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Contemporary Notables of the name MacReady (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name MacReady (post 1700)



  • John Arthur Macready (1887-1979), American aviator and test pilot, the only three-time recipient of the Mackay Trophy
  • John Macready (b. 1975), American gymnast and motivational speaker, member of the 1996 US Olympic Team
  • George Peabody Macready Jr. (1899-1973), American screen actor typically cast in roles as villains
  • Paul MacReady (1925-2007), American aeronautical engineer, founder of AeroVironment
  • Sir Nevil John Wilfrid Macready (b. 1921), 3rd Baronet
  • Lieutenant-General Sir Gordon Nevil Macready KBE CB CMG DSO MC (1891-1956), 2nd Baronet, British Army officer who served as Assistant chief of the Imperial General Staff during World War II
  • William Charles Macready (1793-1873), English actor
  • General Sir Cecil Frederick Nevil Macready GCMG, KCB, PC (1862-1946), 1st Baronet, British Army officer, Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis in London

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Motto


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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: Semper paratus
Motto Translation: Always prepared.


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