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On the Scottish west coast, the McCarthur family was born among the ancient Dalriadan clans. Their name comes from the Celtic personal name Arthur. It denotes the 'son of arthur', which means noble one.

McCarthur Early Origins



The surname McCarthur was first found in Argyllshire (Gaelic erra Ghaidheal), the region of western Scotland corresponding roughly with the ancient Kingdom of Dál Riata, in the Strathclyde region of Scotland, now part of the Council Area of Argyll and Bute, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the census rolls taken by the ancient Kings of Scotland to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

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McCarthur Early History


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McCarthur Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McCarthur research. Another 319 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1427, 1767, and 1817 are included under the topic Early McCarthur History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McCarthur Spelling Variations


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McCarthur Spelling Variations



In the Middle Ages, the translation between Gaelic and English was not a highly developed process. Spelling was not yet standardized, and so, an enormous number of spelling variations appear in records of early Scottish names. McCarthur has appeared as MacArthur, MacArtair, MacArter and many more.

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McCarthur Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McCarthur Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable amongst the Clan from early times was Alister MacArthur who was beheaded by James I in 1427; and John MacArthur of the Strachur branch (1767) who journeyed to Australia with the 102nd Regiment. He became actively involved in the development...

Another 41 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McCarthur Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McCarthur In Ireland


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McCarthur In Ireland



Some of the McCarthur family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 158 words (11 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



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 McCarthur were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Neil McArthur who settled in New York State in 1738 with his wife Mary Campbell and three children, Alexander, John, and Christian; Patrick McArthur also settled in New York State in 1738 with his wife Mary McDugall and children, Charles, Colin, and Jennet.

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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: Fide et opera
Motto Translation: By fidelity and work.


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