McCary History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The McCary family comes from the ancient Scottish Dalriadan clans of the mountainous west coast of Scotland. The name McCary is derived from the name Macara, which is the Gaelic word for son of the young, manly one.
Early Origins of the McCary family
The surname McCary 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 McCary family
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McCary Spelling Variations
Translation in medieval times was an undeveloped science and was often carried out without due care. For this reason, many early Scottish names appeared radically altered when written in English. The spelling variations of McCary include McAree, MacAree, McAra, MacAra, McArra, MacArra, McCarra, MacCarra, McCarry, MacCarry, McCarrie and many more.
Early Notables of the McCary family (pre 1700)
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In the United States, the name McCary is the 7,317th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. 
Migration of the McCary family to Ireland
Some of the McCary family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
The hardy Scots who made the crossing settled all along the east coast of North America and in the great west that was just then opening up. At the time of the American War of Independence, many United Empire Loyalists moved north from the American colonies to Canada. Scottish national heritage became better known in North America in the 20th century through highland games and other patriotic events. An examination of immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name McCary arrived in North America very early:
McCary Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
McCary Settlers in United States in the 20th Century