McCortney History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The background history of the name McCortney starts in ancient Scotland among the Pictish people. The name McCortney is derived from the Gaelic name Mac Cartaine, which is a variant of Mac Artain. This means son of Artan and is a diminutive of the old personal name Art.
Early Origins of the McCortney family
The surname McCortney 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, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
Early History of the McCortney family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McCortney research. Another 91 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1737, 1806, 1792, 1660, 1730, 1630, 1672, 1757, 1724, 1714, 1793, 1690, 1651, 1727, 1692, 1703, 1692, 1770, 1713, 1727, 1727, 1760 and 1797 are included under the topic Early McCortney History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
McCortney Spelling Variations
Prior to the invention of the printing press in the last hundred years, documents were basically unique. Names were written according to sound, and often appeared differently each time they were recorded. Spelling variations of the name McCortney include MacArtney, MacCartney and others.
Early Notables of the McCortney family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the McCortney family to Ireland
Some of the McCortney family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 138 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
McCortney migration to the United States +
The freedom of the North American colonies was enticing, and many Scots left to make the great crossing. It was a long and hard journey, but its reward was a place where there was more land than people and tolerance was far easier to come by. Many of these people came together to fight for a new nation in the American War of Independence, while others remained loyal to the old order as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of Scots in North America have recovered much of this heritage in the 20th century through Clan societies and other such organizations. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important and early immigrants to North America bearing the name of McCortney:
McCortney Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Mrs. A A McCortney, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 
- E J McCortney, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 
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The McCortney 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: Stimulat sed ornat
Motto Translation: It stimulates, but it adorns.
- ^ 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)