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MacRea History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient Scottish name MacRea is carried by the descendents of the Pictish people. It was a name for a prosperous person. The Gaelic form of the surname MacRea is Mac Rath, which literally means son of grace or son of prosperity.

Early Origins of the MacRea family

The surname MacRea was first found in Inverness-shire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Nis) divided between the present day Scottish Council Areas of Highland and Western Isles, and consisting of a large northern mainland area and various island areas off the west coast, the shire was anciently both a Pictish and Norwegian stronghold, but their ancient history is often clouded with conjecture. It appears certain that they lived before the 14th century at Clunes, to the west of Inverness in the territories of the Fraser Clan. Consequently the family has always been friendly towards that Clan. From about 1400, they moved to the location with which they are readily associated, Kintail.

Early History of the MacRea family

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MacRea Spelling Variations

Translation has done much to alter the appearance of many Scottish names. It was a haphazard process that lacked a basic system of rules. Spelling variations were a common result of this process. MacRea has appeared MacCrae, MacCraith, MacCrath, MacCraw, MacCray, MacCrea, MacCree, MacCreight, MacCrie, MacReagh, MacRae, MacRay, MacRie and many more.

Early Notables of the MacRea family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the Clan at this time was Finghin MacCarthy Reagh (c.1425-1505), the 8th Prince of Carbery from 1477 to 1505, belonged to the MacCarthy Reagh dynasty; the Earl of Seaforth who forfeited his lands in 1715, but in 1764 was allowed to buy the lands back from the Government. In...
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Migration of the MacRea family to Ireland

Some of the MacRea family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the MacRea family to the New World and Oceana

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

MacRea Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • W. Macrea, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Caduceus" in 1872

The MacRea 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: Fortitudine
Motto Translation: With fortitude.

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