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McAtyre History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The west coast of Scotland and the rocky Hebrides islands are the ancient home of the McAtyre family. The root of their name is the Gaelic form Mac-an-Tsaoir, which denotes son of the carpenter or wright.

Early Origins of the McAtyre family


The surname McAtyre was first found in on the Isle of Iona, 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 McAtyre family


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McAtyre Spelling Variations


Spelling and translation were not standardized practices until the last few centuries. Spelling variations are extremely common among early Scottish names. McAtyre has been spelled MacAteer, MacTear, MacTeir, MacTire, MacAtee, MacAtter, MacAttur and many more.

Early Notables of the McAtyre family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the McAtyre family to Ireland


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


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McAtyre Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John McAtyre, aged 25, who landed in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834

The McAtyre 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: Per ardua
Motto Translation: Through difficulties.


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