The roots of the McCoubrey family stretch back to the Strathclyde people of the Scottish/English Borderlands, who were the first to use the surname. It is derived from an Old English personal name
meaning bright champion
Early Origins of the McCoubrey family
The surname McCoubrey was first found in Kirkcudbrightshire
(Gaelic: Siorrachd Chille Chuithbheirt), part of the present day Council Area of Dumfries and Galloway
, former county in Southwestern Scotland
, where they held a family seat
from very ancient times. They were descended from Saint Cuthbert of Landisfarne in Northumberland
. The name Kirkcudbright literally means "Cuthbert's Church.".
Early History of the McCoubrey family
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McCoubrey Spelling Variations
The variation in the spelling of Medieval names is a result of the lack of spelling rules in the English language prior to the last few hundred
years. Before that time, scribes spelled according to sound, often varying the spelling of name within a single document. McCoubrey has appeared as Cuthbert, Cudbert, Cuthberd, Cudberd, Cuthburst, Cuthburt, Cudburt and many more.
Early Notables of the McCoubrey family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the McCoubrey family to Ireland
Some of the McCoubrey family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 286 words (20 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the McCoubrey family to the New World and Oceana
As the persecution of Clan
families continued, they sailed for North America in increasing numbers. In most cases, they found the freedom and opportunity they sought. Land was often available and the American War of Independence
allowed Scots an opportunity to solidify their independence from the English crown. These settlers and their ancestors went on to play essential roles in the forging of the nations of the United States and Canada. Among them:
McCoubrey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Robert E McCoubrey, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1861 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)
Contemporary Notables of the name McCoubrey (post 1700)
- James McCoubrey (1901-2013), Newfoundland-born, American supercentenarian at 111 years
- Edgar Louis McCoubrey (1904-2001), Newfoundland-born, American automotive dealer and politician, 10th Mayor of Palm Springs, California
- Irene McCoubrey (b. 1950), Irish singer
- Margaret McCoubrey (1880-1955), Scottish-born, Irish suffragist
- Adrian George Agustus Matthew McCoubrey (b. 1980), Irish cricketer
- Frank McCoubrey, Northern Irish Unionist politician
The McCoubrey 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: Nec minus fortiter
Motto Translation: Not less bravely.