MacMurtrie comes from the kingdom of Dalriada in ancient Scotland
. It was a name for a person who worked as a noted mariner or a sea captain.
Early Origins of the MacMurtrie family
The surname MacMurtrie 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 MacMurtrie family
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MacMurtrie Spelling Variations
Historical recordings of the name MacMurtrie include many spelling variations
. They are the result of repeated translations of the name from Gaelic to English and inconsistencies in spelling rules. They include MacCurdy, MacKirdy, MacKirdie, MacCurdie, MacQuartie, MacBararthy, MacBerarthy, MacWerarthy, MacMurtrie, MacMutrie and many more.
Early Notables of the MacMurtrie family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the MacMurtrie family to Ireland
Some of the MacMurtrie 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 MacMurtrie family to the New World and Oceana
Many who arrived from Scotland
settled along the east coast of North America in communities that would go on to become the backbones of the young nations of the United States and Canada. In the American War of Independence
, many settlers who remained loyal to England
went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Their descendants later began to recover the lost Scottish heritage through events such as the highland games that dot North America in the summer months. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the MacMurtrie family emigrate to North America: James McCurdy, and his wife Elizabeth Ayers, who were recorded as Scotch-Irish living in New Hampshire
in 1730; Archibald Mccurdy, who arrived in New England
in 1737 with his five children, John McCurdy, who arrived in New England
The MacMurtrie 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.