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Early Origins of the McBrayer family

The surname McBrayer was first found in Dumfriesshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Dhùn Phris), a Southern area, bordering on England that today forms part of the Dumfries and Galloway Council Area. "Of all the families springing from Dumfries the MacBrairs have the longest and most honourable connection, having been virtually hereditary provosts of the burgh for nigh 150 years." [1]

"The name of M'Brair," says Sir Herbert Maxwell, "contains in itself a reproach to a celibate order -Mac brathair (braher) the friar's son." [1] Another source claims the name was from the Lowland Scottish word brae, meaning 'hill'.

Other early record show: John de Byres, a monk in Neubotle, Midlothian, in 1309; and Thome de Byris owned a tenement in Edinburgh in 1392.

Early History of the McBrayer family

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McBrayer Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: MacBriar, McBriar, MacBrair, McBrair, MacBraire, McBraire, MacBriare, McBriare, Briar, Brier, Brire, Briars, Briers, Brires, Braires, Brares, Braire, Brair, MacBrare, McBrare, Brare, MacBrar, McBrar, Brar, MacBrayr, McBrayr, MacBrayre, McBrayre, McBryar, MacBryar, MacBray, McBray, MacBrire, McBrire, MacBrier and many more.

Early Notables of the McBrayer family (pre 1700)

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McBrayer Ranking

In the United States, the name McBrayer is the 8,908th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [2]


United States McBrayer migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McBrayer Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Charles Evans McBrayer, aged 33, originally from Shelby, N.C., arrived in New York in 1916 aboard the ship "Advance" from Cristobal, Canal Zone [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name McBrayer (post 1700) +

  • Walter Terry McBrayer (1937-2020), American lobbyist, attorney, and Democratic politician
  • William David McBrayer (b. 1950), American film and television producer and writer
  • Odell Lavon McBrayer (1930-2008), American attorney, and Republican candidate
  • Jody McBrayer (b. 1970), American singer/songwriter
  • Jack McBrayer (b. 1973), American Emmy nominated actor and comedian
  • Sandra McBrayer, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1996 [4]
  • John M. McBrayer, American politician, Member of California State Assembly 9th District, 1854-55 [4]
  • James A. McBrayer, American politician, Delegate to Kentucky secession convention, 1861 [4]


  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  3. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JJH4-PJ9 : 6 December 2014), Charles Evans McBrayer, 20 Dec 1916; citing departure port Cristobal, Canal Zone, arrival port New York, ship name Advance, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 14) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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