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MacBryde History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Origins Available: Irish, Scottish

There are many Irish surnames being used today in forms that are quite different than their original, ancient forms. MacBryde originally appeared in Gaelic as Mac Giolla Bhrighde, which denotes a devotee of St. Brigid.

Early Origins of the MacBryde family

The surname MacBryde was first found in Donegal (Irish: Dún na nGall), northwest Ireland in the province of Ulster, sometimes referred to as County Tyrconnel, where the they are descended from the son of the servant (follower, devotee) of St. Brigit, the virgin Abbess of Kildare who died 525 A.D. The surname was first listed as eranaghs of Raymunterdoney in Donegal, a parish which includes Tory Island. The parish comprises 12,017 statute acres, but more than two-thirds is mountainous. Records show the name was principally found at Gweedore in the seventeenth century.

Early History of the MacBryde family

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MacBryde Spelling Variations

Irish names were rarely spelled consistently in the Middle Ages. Spelling variations of the name MacBryde dating from that time include MacBride, Kilbride, Gilbride and others.

Early Notables of the MacBryde family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the MacBryde family to the New World and Oceana

Thousands of Irish families left for North American shores in the 19th century. These people were searching for a life unencumbered with poverty, hunger, and racial discrimination. Many arrived to eventually find such conditions, but many others simply did not arrive: victims of the diseased, overcrowded ships in which they traveled to the New World. Those who lived to see North American shores were instrumental in the development of the growing nations of Canada and the United States. A thorough examination of passenger and immigration lists has disclosed evidence of many early immigrants of the name MacBryde: Owen Kilbride who settled in Texas with his wife and two children in 1852.

Contemporary Notables of the name MacBryde (post 1700)

  • Robert MacBryde (1913-1966), Scottish Modernist painter and a theatre set designer
  • William MacBryde, Canadian Chemist

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