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Where did the Scottish McCarley family come from? What is the Scottish McCarley family crest and coat of arms? When did the McCarley family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the McCarley family history?


Spelling variations of this family name include: MacCarley, MacCarly, Terleti, Thelycht, MacTherlycht, McKarlich, McTarlach, McCarlach, McKerlich, McHerlich, McCharles, McTarlich and many more.

First found in 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, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say before the Norman Conquest in 1066, and their name in Gaelic was "MacThearlaich" meaning "the son of Charles." Hence we have McTarlych which is the old Gaelic which some Clan members still subscribe to.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McCarley research. Another 172 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1538, 1613, 1638, 1674, and 1726 are included under the topic Early McCarley History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early McCarley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the McCarley family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 231 words(16 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McCarley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • May McCarley, aged 18, landed in New York in 1854

McCarley Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • G. E. McCarley, who arrived in America, in 1905
  • Samuel McCarley, aged 21, who arrived in America from Ballymina, Ireland, in 1909
  • Theodore T McCarley, aged 23, who arrived in America from Oxford, England, in 1910
  • Annie McCarley, aged 38, who arrived in America, in 1913
  • John McCarley, aged 41, who arrived in America, in 1913

McCarley Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Ellen McCarley, aged 30, who arrived in Canada, in 1916


  • Robert W. McCarley MD (b. 1937), American Chair and Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School
  • Erin Elizabeth McCarley (b. 1979), American alternative music singer-songwriter from Garland, Texas
  • Mike McCarley, American broadcasting executive, President of Golf Channel


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: Virtus auget honores
Motto Translation: Virtue increases honour.


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The McCarley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McCarley 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.

This page was last modified on 21 August 2014 at 13:30.

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