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The surname McBratney was first found in Galloway (Gaelic: Gall-ghaidhealaibh), an area of southwestern Scotland, now part of the Council Area of Dumfries and Galloway, that formerly consisted of the counties of Wigtown (West Galloway) and Kirkcudbright (East Galloway), where they held a family seat. In a strange convolution of heritage and translation from the Gaelic, this name, Cretney is descended from MacBratney, or MacBhreatnaich, the Gaelic, meaning a son of the Strathclyde Briton, or children of the Britons, who settled amongst the Gaels. From their home lands in Clontag and Knockane in Galloway in Western Scotland they descended to Martin Birty who appears in records in 1471. They were known as the Clann a'Bhreatannich, and were originally from the Island of Gigha off Kintyre, a branch of the Galbraiths as early as 1230. The name evolved to Makbretny, and thence to Vretny and Cretny.

Spelling variations of this family name include: MacBretney, Bretny, Bretney, MacBratney, Vretny, Cretney, Cretnie, Cretny, McBretnach, McBratny, MacBraten, MacBretnie, McVretney and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McBratney research. Another 194 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1590 and 1685 are included under the topic Early McBratney History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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More information is included under the topic Early McBratney Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the McBratney family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 286 words (20 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McBratney Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Samuel McBratney, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1865
  • Bingham McBratney, aged 18, who arrived in America from Belfast, Ireland, in 1892

McBratney Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Hugh McBratney, aged 22, who arrived in America from Belfast, in 1905
  • Mrs. McBratney, aged 35, who arrived in America, in 1905
  • John McBratney, aged 44, who arrived in America from Camberwell, Australia, in 1906
  • Mary Harper McBratney, aged 43, who arrived in America from Camberwell, Australia, in 1906
  • Henry Harper McBratney, aged 9, who arrived in America from Camberwell, Australia, in 1906
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McBratney Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Robert McBratney, aged 25, a gardener, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of Nations" in 1874
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  • James McBratney (1941-1973), Irish-born, American gangster, believed to have been involved in the 1972 kidnapping of Emanuel "Manny" Gambino
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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: Quad ero spero
Motto Translation: What I shall be, I hope.

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    Other References

    1. Moody David. Scottish Family History. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0806312688).
    2. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
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    4. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    5. Bain, Robert. The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Glasgow & London: Collins, 1968. Print. (ISBN 000411117-6).
    6. Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
    7. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and Don Pottinger. Clan Map Scotland of Old. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1983. Print.
    8. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    9. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    10. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
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    The McBratney Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McBratney Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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