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Where did the Scottish McIndoe family come from? What is the Scottish McIndoe family crest and coat of arms? When did the McIndoe family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the McIndoe family history?

The saga of the name McIndoe begins with the people of the Pictish clans. McIndoe was a name for a pilgrim from the Gaelic word deoradh. The deoradh kept the relics of saints. The family have been the hereditary custodians of St. Fillan's Crozier.

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Scribes in the Middle Ages did not have access to a set of spelling rules. They spelled according to sound, the result was a great number of spelling variations. In various documents, McIndoe has been spelled Dewar, Dure, Dewyer, Dewer, McIndeor, McJarrow and many more.

First found in Perthshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Pheairt) former county in the present day Council Area of Perth and Kinross, located in central Scotland, 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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McIndoe research. Another 177 words(13 lines of text) covering the year 1296 is included under the topic Early McIndoe History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early McIndoe Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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The cruelties suffered under the new government forced many to leave their ancient homeland for the freedom of the North American colonies. Those who arrived safely found land, freedom, and opportunity for the taking. These hardy settlers gave their strength and perseverance to the young nations that would become the United States and Canada. Immigration and passenger lists have shown many early immigrants bearing the name McIndoe:

McIndoe Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • William McIndoe, aged 2, who emigrated to the United States, in 1893
  • Mrs. McIndoe, aged 42, who emigrated to the United States, in 1895
  • Peter McIndoe, aged 25, who settled in America, in 1895

McIndoe Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Marjorie McIndoe, aged 34, who landed in America from Paisley, in 1906
  • John F. McIndoe, aged 35, who settled in America from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1909
  • Annie McIndoe, aged 34, who emigrated to the United States from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1909
  • John McIndoe, aged 25, who emigrated to the United States from Barrhead, Scotland, in 1912
  • George McIndoe, aged 31, who emigrated to America from Paisley, Scotland, in 1913


McIndoe Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century


  • Garnect McIndoe, aged 15, who emigrated to Montreal, Canada, in 1908

McIndoe Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • William McIndoe arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Empress" in 1865
  • Ella McIndoe arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Empress" in 1865
  • William James McIndoe arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Empress" in 1865
  • Agnes McIndoe arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Celestial Queen" in 1870

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  • Walter Duncan Mcindoe (1819-1872), U.S. Representative from Wisconsin
  • Michael McIndoe (b. 1979), Scottish professional footballer
  • Wayne McIndoe (b. 1972), field hockey player from New Zealand
  • Sir Archibald McIndoe (1900-1960), pioneering New Zealand plastic surgeon
  • Alan McIndoe (b. 1964), Australian former rugby league footballer
  • John McIndoe (b. 1948), British singer and guitarist and actor
  • James McIndoe (1824-1905), 19th century Member of Parliament from Dunedin, New Zealand


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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: Quid non pro patria
Motto Translation: What would not one do for his country.

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The McIndoe Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McIndoe Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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