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The ancient name McCarrigay was first used by the Strathclyde people of the Scottish/English Borderlands. The name is derived from the personal name Craig. Thus, McCarrigay is a patronymic name, taken from the given name of the father or some other ancestor of the bearer. However, McCarrigay may also be of local origin, referring to those who lived in or near the place called Carrick in Ayrshire.

Early Origins of the McCarrigay family


The surname McCarrigay was 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, and were known as 'the men of Carrick'. Duncan de Carrick (died 1250) was made the Mormaer (Earl) of Carrick by Scottish King Alexander I in 1186. He was a direct ancestor Robert the Bruce (Robert I), King of the Scots 1274-1329.

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Early History of the McCarrigay family

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Early History of the McCarrigay family


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McCarrigay Spelling Variations

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McCarrigay Spelling Variations


Surnames that evolved in Scotland in the Middle Ages often appear under many spelling variations. These are due to the practice of spelling according to sound in the era before dictionaries had standardized the English language. McCarrigay has appeared as Carrick, Carick, Carich, Carrich, Karryck, Karrik, Karrick, Kerrich, Kerrick, Carrig, Carrigy, McCarrigy and many more.

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Early Notables of the McCarrigay family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the McCarrigay family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the McCarrigay family to Ireland

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Migration of the McCarrigay family to Ireland


Some of the McCarrigay family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the McCarrigay family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the McCarrigay family to the New World and Oceana


The North American colonies beckoned, with their ample land and opportunity as their freedom from the persecution suffered by so many Clan families back home. Many Scots even fought against England in the American War of Independence to gain this freedom. Recently, clan societies have allowed the ancestors of these brave Scottish settlers to rediscover their familial roots. Among them: Richard Carrick, who arrived in Virginia in 1650; Roger Carrick, who came to Virginia in 1672; Christian Carrick, a bonded passenger, who came to America in 1758.

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The McCarrigay Motto

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The McCarrigay Motto


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: Garde bien
Motto Translation: Watch well.


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