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Carnros History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The ancestors of the Carnros name date back to the kingdom of Dalriada in ancient Scotland. Carnros was a name for someone who lived in Crynecross at Nisbett, which was in the old barony of Glenesk in Angus.

Early Origins of the Carnros family


The surname Carnros was first found in Angus (Gaelic: Aonghas), part of the Tayside region of northeastern Scotland, and present day Council Area of Angus, formerly known as Forfar or Forfarshire, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Carnros family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Carnros research.
Another 245 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1100, 1400, 1597, 1603, 1544, 1539, 1528, 1529, 1637, 1701, 1684, 1687, 1693, 1701, 1684 and 1797 are included under the topic Early Carnros History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Carnros Spelling Variations


Spelling in the medieval era was a highly imprecise process. Translation, particularly from Gaelic to English, was little better. For these reasons, early Scottish names are rife with spelling variations. In various documents Carnros has been spelled Cairncross, Carncross, Carnross, Cairncroce, Cairncrose and many more.

Early Notables of the Carnros family (pre 1700)


Notable amongst the Clan from early times was Robert Cairncross (d. 1544) , a Scottish bishop, Bishop of Ross in 1539 and held office as Lord High...
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Migration of the Carnros family to Ireland


Some of the Carnros family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 51 words (4 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 Carnros family to the New World and Oceana


Ancestors of many of the Dalriadan families who crossed the Atlantic still live along the east coast of the United States and Canada. Some Scottish settlers arrived in Canada during the American War of Independence as United Empire Loyalists, while others stayed south to fight for a new nation. The descendants of Scottish settlers in both countries began to rediscover their heritage in the 19th and 20th centuries through Clan societies and highland games. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Carnros or a variant listed above: John Carncross who settled in Fort Cumberland Nova Scotia in 1744.

The Carnros 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: Certamine parata
Motto Translation: Acquired by strife.


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