MacKirdy History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient Dalriadan people were the ancestors of the first to use the name MacKirdy. It was a name for a noted mariner or a sea captain. [1]

Early Origins of the MacKirdy family

The surname MacKirdy was first found in the islands of Arran and Bute. Early records for the family are scarce. "In 1506 Gilcrist Makwrerdy held the lands of Bransar in Bute, and Finlay Makvreirdy had sasine of Brothok there in the same year. Donald Makwrarty of Birgadulknok appears in 1534; several M'Urartys appear as witnesses in Bute in 1540; and Sir James M'Wartye, a Pope's knight, appears as vicar of Kingarth in Bute, 1554 and 1556. James Makilveritie, chaplain in the chapel of S. Michael the Archangel in Rothesay Castle, between 1590-1600, appears in the Exchequer Rolls as McQuhirertie, McQuhirirtie, McQuheritie (these three spellings in 1596), McIliquharartie (1598), and Makquhirrirtie (1600). " [2]

The MacMurtrie variant is "current in Ayrshire and Lanarkshire, Gilbert Makmurtye was a witness in Edinburgh, 1508." [2]

Early History of the MacKirdy family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacKirdy research. Another 290 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1622, 1662, 1706, 1663, 1790, 1887, 1929, 1662, 1506, 1547, 1626, 1541, 1600, 1562, 1623, 1520, 1566, 1517, 1517, 1568, 1539, 1564, 1561, 1506, 1566, 1642, 1623, 1555, 1745, 1797, 1891, 1847, 1849, and 1659 are included under the topic Early MacKirdy History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

MacKirdy Spelling Variations

Spelling variations are a very common occurrence in records of early Scottish names. They result from the repeated and inaccurate translations that many names went through in the course of various English occupations of Scotland. MacKirdy has been spelled MacCurdy, MacKirdy, MacKirdie, MacCurdie, MacQuartie, MacBararthy, MacBerarthy, MacWerarthy, MacMurtrie, MacMutrie and many more.

Early Notables of the MacKirdy family (pre 1700)

Another 47 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early MacKirdy Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the MacKirdy family to Ireland

Some of the MacKirdy family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 147 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States MacKirdy migration to the United States +

Settlers from Scotland put down roots in communities all along the east coast of North America. Some moved north from the American colonies to Canada as United Empire Loyalists during the American War of Independence. As Clan societies and highland games started in North America in the 20th century many Scots rediscovered parts of their heritage. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name MacKirdy were among those contributors:

MacKirdy Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Granville de M. Mackirdy, aged 33, who arrived in America, in 1893
  • John Mackirdy, aged 62, who arrived in America from Rothsay, Scotland, in 1893
MacKirdy Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Frances W.L. MacKirdy, aged 25, who arrived in America, in 1919
  • John MacKirdy, aged 37, who arrived in America, in 1923
  • John W. Mackirdy, aged 38, who arrived in America, in 1924

Contemporary Notables of the name MacKirdy (post 1700) +

  • Archibald Mackirdy, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Muscat, 1884; Masqat, 1897-98, 1905; U.S. Consul in Masqat, 1902 [3]
  • Dr. Kenneth MacKirdy (1920-1968), Canadian historian and professor of history at the University of Waterloo, eponym of The MacKirdy Reading Room, University of Waterloo
  • David Mackirdy, British officer, Colonel of the 69th (South Lincolnshire) Regiment of Foot


The MacKirdy 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: Dieu et mon pays
Motto Translation: God and my country.


  1. ^ Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York: Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  2. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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