The ancient Dalriadan-Scottish name Mcmordie is 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 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. Mcmordie has appeared as 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
The descendants of the Dalriadan families who made the great crossing of the Atlantic still dot communities along the east coast of the United States and Canada. In the American War of Independence
, many of the settlers traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Clan
societies and highland games have allowed Canadian and American families of Scottish descent to recover much of their lost heritage. Investigation of the origins of family names on the North American continent has revealed that early immigrants bearing the name Mcmordie or a variant listed above include: 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..