MacIntyre History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The first family to use the name MacIntyre lived in the area that was once the ancient Scottish kingdom of Dalriada. It is a name for a carpenter or wright. The Gaelic form Mac an t-saoir means son of the carpenter. Most historians agree that their earliest habitations were on MacDonald territories on Kintyre. Most legends about their beginnings point to an origin in the Hebrides. From this point on, opinions differ. One legend has the Clan-an-t-Saor (Children of the Carpenter) arriving in Lorne in a galley with a white cow, another says that the galley, set adrift, developed a leak below the water line and the MacDonald Chieftain placed his thumb in the hole to keep the boat afloat. Spotting help at a distance, he cut off his thumb so that he could wave. He was ironically named the Carpenter or MacIntyre. Some claim that the family derived its name from a member of the MacDonalds who was called Cean-tire because of his ownership of lands on the peninsula of Kintyre.

Early Origins of the MacIntyre family

The surname MacIntyre 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 according legend, Maurice or Murdock, The Wright, (c.1150) became the first MacIntyre chief as a reward for helping his uncle, Somerled, King of Argyll and the Western Isles.

Early History of the MacIntyre family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacIntyre research. Another 181 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1955, 1991, 1543, 1597 and are included under the topic Early MacIntyre History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

MacIntyre Spelling Variations

Translation in medieval times was an undeveloped science and was often carried out without due care. For this reason, many early Scottish names appeared radically altered when written in English. The spelling variations of MacIntyre include MacIntyre, MacIntire, MacIntre and many more.

Early Notables of the MacIntyre family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the MacIntyre family to Ireland

Some of the MacIntyre family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 59 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States MacIntyre migration to the United States +

Many settled along the east coast of what would become the United States and Canada. As the American War of Independence broke out, those who remained loyal to the crown went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these hardy Dalriadan-Scottish settlers began to recover their collective history in the 20th century with the advent of the vibrant culture fostered by highland games and Clan societies in North America. Highland games, clan societies, and other organizations generated much renewed interest in Scottish heritage in the 20th century. The MacIntyre were among the earliest of the Scottish settlers as immigration passenger lists have shown:

MacIntyre Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Philip Macintyre, who landed in Massachusetts in 1650 [1]
MacIntyre Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Duncan Macintyre, who arrived in New York in 1829 [1]

Australia MacIntyre migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

MacIntyre Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Macintyre, British Convict who was convicted in Inverary, Scotland for life, transported aboard the "Asia" on 5th November 1835, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land)1836 [2]

New Zealand MacIntyre migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

MacIntyre Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Agnes MacIntyre, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cashmere" in 1853
  • Mr. M. MacIntyre, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Storm Cloud" arriving in Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 30th July 1861 [3]
  • Mrs. MacIntyre, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Storm Cloud" arriving in Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 30th July 1861 [3]
  • Mr. MacIntyre, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Mallowdale" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 9th March 1875 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name MacIntyre (post 1700) +

  • George Matthew MacIntyre (1939-2016), American football player and coach, awarded the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award in 1982
  • Carlyle Ferren MacIntyre (1890-1967), American poet who was awarded Fulbright Fellowships in 1948 and 1953
  • Bruce C. MacIntyre (b. 1948), American music professor
  • Marguerite MacIntyre (b. 1965), American actress
  • Everette MacIntyre, American Democrat politician, Member, Federal Trade Commission, 1961-73; Chair, Federal Trade Commission, 1970 [5]
  • Charles A. MacIntyre, American Republican politician, Candidate for Pennsylvania State Senate 35th District, 1936 [5]
  • Archibald Thompson MacIntyre (1822-1900), American Democrat politician, Member of Georgia State House of Representatives, 1849; U.S. Representative from Georgia 1st District, 1871-73 [5]
  • Kenny Macintyre (1944-1999), Scottish political journalist, father of Colin MacIntyre
  • Colin MacIntyre (b. 1971), Scottish singer, song-writer, and multi-instrumentalist, known for his work for Mull Historical Society
  • Sheila Scott Macintyre (1910-1960), Scottish mathematician, known for her work on the Whittaker constant
  • ... (Another 9 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


The MacIntyre 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: Per ardua
Motto Translation: Through difficulties.


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 28th January 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1835
  3. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  4. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 15) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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