MacReady History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The annals of Scottish history reveal that MacReady was first used as a name by ancestors of the Pictish tribe of ancient Scotland. The MacReady family lived in Ayrshire.
Early Origins of the MacReady family
The surname MacReady was first found in Ayrshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Àir), formerly a county in the southwestern Strathclyde region of Scotland, that today makes up the Council Areas of South, East, and North Ayrshire, 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 MacReady family
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MacReady Spelling Variations
Before the first dictionaries appeared in the last few hundred years, scribes spelled according to sound. spelling variations are common among Scottish names. MacReady has been spelled MacCreadie, MacCredie, MacCready, MacReady, MacRedie and many more.
Early Notables of the MacReady family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the MacReady family to Ireland
Some of the MacReady family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 70 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
MacReady migration to the United States +
In those unstable times, many had no choice but to leave their beloved homelands. Sickness and poverty hounded travelers to North America, but those who made it were welcomed with land and opportunity. These settlers gave the young nations of Canada and the United States a strong backbone as they stood up for their beliefs as United Empire Loyalists and in the American War of Independence. In this century, the ancestors of these brave Scots have begun to recover their illustrious heritage through Clan societies and other heritage organizations. Early passenger and immigration lists reveal many Scottish settlers bearing the name MacReady:
MacReady Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Annie Reynolds Macready, aged 32, who immigrated to the United States from Dundee, Scotland, in 1911
- James Macready, aged 8, who immigrated to the United States from Dundee, Scotland, in 1911
- Lizzie Macready, aged 4, who landed in America from Dundee, Scotland, in 1911
- Matthew Macready, aged 10, who landed in America from Dundee, Scotland, in 1911
- Robert Macready, aged 0, who immigrated to the United States from Dundee, Scotland, in 1911
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MacReady migration to Canada +
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
MacReady Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Thomas MacReady, who settled in Ontario in 1841
MacReady migration to Australia +
Emigration to Australia
followed the First Fleets
of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
MacReady Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Mary Macready, aged 29, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Marion" 
- Jane Macready, aged 24, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Marion" 
MacReady 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:
MacReady Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Mr. J. Macready, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Queen of the Deep" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 14th June 1854 
- Mr. Andrew Macready, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Joseph Fletcher" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 17th October 1855 
- Andrew Macready, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Joseph Fletcher" in 1855
- Thomas MacReady, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Triumph" in 1883
Contemporary Notables of the name MacReady (post 1700) +
- John Arthur Macready (1887-1979), American aviator and test pilot, the only three-time recipient of the Mackay Trophy
- John Macready (b. 1975), American gymnast and motivational speaker, member of the 1996 US Olympic Team
- George Peabody Macready Jr. (1899-1973), American screen actor typically cast in roles as villains
- Paul MacReady (1925-2007), American aeronautical engineer, founder of AeroVironment
- Sir Nevil John Wilfrid Macready (b. 1921), 3rd Baronet
- Lieutenant-General Sir Gordon Nevil Macready KBE CB CMG DSO MC (1891-1956), 2nd Baronet, British Army officer who served as Assistant chief of the Imperial General Staff during World War II
- William Charles Macready (1793-1873), English actor
- General Sir Cecil Frederick Nevil Macready GCMG, KCB, PC (1862-1946), 1st Baronet, British Army officer, Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis in London
- James Macready Chute (1856-1912), English father of Desmond Macready Chute
- Desmond Macready Chute (1895-1962), English poet and artist
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The MacReady 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: Semper paratus
Motto Translation: Always prepared.