On the Scottish west coast, the McCarra family was born among the ancient Dalriadan clans. Their name comes from the name Macara,
which is the Gaelic word for son of the young, manly one.
Early Origins of the McCarra family
The surname McCarra was first found in Perthshire
(Gaelic: Siorrachd Pheairt) former county in the present day Council Area of Perth and Kinross, located in central Scotland
, where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the McCarra family
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McCarra Spelling Variations
In various documents McCarra has been spelled Since medieval scribes still spelled according to sound, records from that era contain an enormous number of spelling variations
. McAree, MacAree, McAra, MacAra, McArra, MacArra, McCarra, MacCarra, McCarry, MacCarry, McCarrie and many more.
Early Notables of the McCarra family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the McCarra family to Ireland
Some of the McCarra family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 204 words (15 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the McCarra family to the New World and Oceana
Significant portions of the populations of both the United States and Canada are still made up of the ancestors of Dalriadan families. Some of those in Canada originally settled the United States, but went north as United Empire Loyalists in the American War of Independence
. The late 19th and early 20th centuries saw the ancestors of many Scots on both sides of the border begin to recover their collective national heritage through Clan
societies and highland games. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: three people by the name of John McAree who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1855; 1861 and 1869; Owen arrived in 1870. James and John MacCarry settled in New England
Contemporary Notables of the name McCarra (post 1700)
- Kevin McCarra (b. 1958), Scottish sportswriter