McBrearty History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

McBrearty is a name that evolved among the descendants of the people of the kingdom of Dalriada in ancient Scotland. It is a name for a person who worked as a noted mariner or a sea captain.

Early Origins of the McBrearty family

The surname McBrearty was first found in on the isle of Bute, 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.

Important Dates for the McBrearty family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McBrearty research. Another 103 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McBrearty History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McBrearty Spelling Variations

Spelling and translation were not standardized practices until the last few centuries. Spelling variations are extremely common among early Scottish names. McBrearty has been spelled MacCurdy, MacKirdy, MacKirdie, MacCurdie, MacQuartie, MacBararthy, MacBerarthy, MacWerarthy, MacMurtrie, MacMutrie and many more.

Early Notables of the McBrearty family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the McBrearty family to Ireland

Some of the McBrearty family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 94 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McBrearty migration to Canada

Scottish settlers arrived in many of the communities that became the backbones of the United States and Canada. Many stayed, but some headed west for the endless open country of the prairies. In the American War of Independence, many Scots who remained loyal to England re-settled in Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Scots across North America were able to recover much of their lost heritage in the 20th century as Clan societies and highland games sprang up across North America. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first McBreartys to arrive on North American shores:

McBrearty Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Daniel McBrearty, aged 6, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Zephyr" in 1833

Contemporary Notables of the name McBrearty (post 1700)

  • Gay McBrearty, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1972 [1]
  • Don McBrearty, Canadian Gemini Award winning, multiple Directors Guild of Canada and CableACE Award nominated film director
  • Patrick "Paddy" McBrearty (b. 1993), Irish Gaelic footballer
  • Felix McBrearty (b. 1963), Northern Irish darts player


  1. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 14) . Retrieved from
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