McBryde History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

As a Scottish name, McBryde is derived from the Gaelic "Mac Gille Brighde," meaning "son of the servant of (St.) Brigit." The Scottish Gaelic word for church "cill Bríghde," became a place name (Kilbride, in Lanarkshire) and some bearers of McBryde may have originally taken their surnames from this.

Early Origins of the McBryde family

The surname McBryde was first found in Arran, an island in North Ayrshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Àir), formerly a county in the southwestern Strathclyde region of Scotland, that today makes up the Council Areas of South, East, and North Ayrshire, in the Firth of Clyde, where the name has long existed, although the name's earliest recorded roots are from County Donegal in Ireland. According to legend, both the Scottish and the Irish branches are descended from the son of the servant of (St.) Brigit, the virgin Abbess of Kildare who died 525 A.D.

Early History of the McBryde family

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McBryde Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: MacBride, McBride, Macbryde, Macbraid, MacBridan, McKillbride, McGillbride, Macilvride, Mackelbreed, McBryde, Bridson, Brydson, Kilbride, Gilbride,MacBridan, MacIlvride, MacBraid and many more.

Early Notables of the McBryde family (pre 1700)

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McBryde Ranking

In the United States, the name McBryde is the 9,003rd most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

Ireland Migration of the McBryde family to Ireland

Some of the McBryde family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 134 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States McBryde migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McBryde Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Alexander McBryde, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1899 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name McBryde (post 1700) +

  • John H. McBryde (b. 1931), American jurist, Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas (1991-)
  • John McLaren McBryde (1841-1923), American academic, 5th President of Virginia Tech (1891-1907)
  • Archibald McBryde (1766-1816), Scottish-born, American Congressional Representative from North Carolina in 1813 and 1814
  • Michael McBryde (b. 1981), Australian silver and bronze medalist rower
  • Ian McBryde (b. 1953), Canadian-born, Australian poet
  • John McBryde (b. 1939), Australian bronze medalist field hockey player at the 1964 Summer Olympics
  • Sydney Ronald "Ron" McBryde (1941-1989), Canadian politician, Member of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba from 1969 to 1981
  • Robin Currie McBryde (b. 1970), Welsh former rugby union player from Bangor


  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)


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