On the Scottish west coast, the McAra family was born among the ancient Dalriadan clans. Their name comes from the name Macara,
which is the Gaelic word for son of the young, manly one.
Early Origins of the McAra family
The surname McAra was first found in Perthshire
(Gaelic: Siorrachd Pheairt) former county in the present day Council Area of Perth and Kinross, located in central Scotland
, where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the McAra family
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McAra Spelling Variations
In the Middle Ages, the translation between Gaelic and English was not a highly developed process. Spelling was not yet standardized, and so, an enormous number of spelling variations
appear in records of early Scottish names. McAra has appeared as McAree, MacAree, McAra, MacAra, McArra, MacArra, McCarra, MacCarra, McCarry, MacCarry, McCarrie and many more.
Early Notables of the McAra family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the McAra family to Ireland
Some of the McAra family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 204 words (15 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 McAra family to the New World and Oceana
These settlers arrived in North America at a time when the east was burgeoning with prosperous colonies and the expanses of the west were just being opened up. The American War of Independence
was also imminent. Some Scots stayed to fight for a new country, while others who remained loyal went north as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of them went on to rediscover their heritage in the 20th century through highland games and other patriotic Scottish events. The McAra were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: three people by the name of John McAree who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1855; 1861 and 1869; Owen arrived in 1870. James and John MacCarry settled in New England
Contemporary Notables of the name McAra (post 1700)
- Harry B. McAra, American politician, Circuit Judge in Michigan 7th Circuit, 1975-85 CITATION[CLOSE]
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- James McAra (1876-1947), Scottish-born, Canadian businessman and politician from Edinburgh, Mayor of Regina (1927-1930) and (1932-1933), brother of Peter McAra Jr
- Peter McAra Jr. (1862-1949), India-born, Canadian was a businessman and politician, Mayor of Regina, Saskatchewan in 1906 and from 1911 to 1912
- Sir Douglas McAra,