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.
Early Origins of the MacKirdy family
The surname MacKirdy was first found in on the isle of Bute
, where they held a family seat
from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
Early History of the MacKirdy family
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MacKirdy 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)
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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 192 words (14 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 MacKirdy family to the New World and Oceana
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 CITATION[CLOSE]
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- 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.