The ancestors of the first families to use the name McMordie lived in ancient Scotland
in the kingdom of Dalriada. The name was then used as a nickname
for a seagoing warrior.
The Gaelic form of the name is Mac Mhurchaidh,
which means son of the sea warrior.
Early Origins of the McMordie family
The surname McMordie 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 early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
Early History of the McMordie family
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McMordie Spelling Variations
In various documents McMordie has been spelled Since medieval scribes still spelled according to sound, records from that era contain an enormous number of spelling variations
. MacMurdo, MacMurdie, MacMurdy, Murdoson, MacMurdiston and many more.
Early Notables of the McMordie family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the McMordie family to the New World and Oceana
Many who arrived from Scotland
settled along the east coast of North America in communities that would go on to become the backbones of the young nations of the United States and Canada. In the American War of Independence
, many settlers who remained loyal to England
went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Their descendants later began to recover the lost Scottish heritage through events such as the highland games that dot North America in the summer months. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the McMordie family emigrate to North America: Jonathon, and Robert McMurdey settled in Philadelphia in 1814; Benjamin, Jonathon, Robert McMurdy settled in Philadelphia in 1807; John McMurdy settled in New York in 1804..