The name Carnross was first used in the ancient Scottish kingdom of Dalriada. It indicates that the first bearer lived in Crynecross at Nisbett, which was in the old barony of Glenesk in Angus.
Early Origins of the Carnross family
The surname Carnross 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 Carnross family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Carnross 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 Carnross History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Carnross Spelling Variations
Medieval spelling was at best an intuitive process, and translation between Gaelic and English was no more effective. These factors caused an enormous number of spelling variations
in Dalriadan names. In fact, it was not uncommon to see a father and son who spelled their name differently. Over the years, Carnross has been spelled Cairncross, Carncross, Carnross, Cairncroce, Cairncrose and many more.
Early Notables of the Carnross 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... Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Carnross Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Carnross family to Ireland
Some of the Carnross 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 Carnross family to the New World and Oceana
Many of the ancestors of Dalriadan families who arrived in North America still live in communities along the east coast of Canada and the United States. In the American War of Independence
many of the original settlers traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries the ancestors of many Scots began recovering their collective national heritage through Clan
societies, highland games, and other patriotic events. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Carnross or a variant listed above: John Carncross who settled in Fort Cumberland
Nova Scotia in 1744.
The Carnross 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.