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The clans of the Pictish people in ancient Scotland were the ancestors of the first people to use the name McCrae. It was a name for a prosperous person. The Gaelic form of the surname McCrae is Mac Rath, which literally means son of grace or son of prosperity.

McCrae Early Origins



The surname McCrae was first found in Inverness-shire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Nis) divided between the present day Scottish Council Areas of Highland and Western Isles, and consisting of a large northern mainland area and various island areas off the west coast, the shire was anciently both a Pictish and Norwegian stronghold, but their ancient history is often clouded with conjecture. It appears certain that they lived before the 14th century at Clunes, to the west of Inverness in the territories of the Fraser Clan. Consequently the family has always been friendly towards that Clan. From about 1400, they moved to the location with which they are readily associated, Kintail.

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McCrae Spelling Variations


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McCrae Spelling Variations



In the Middle ages, spelling and translation were not yet regulated by any general rules. spelling variations in names were common even among members of one family unit. McCrae has appeared MacCrae, MacCraith, MacCrath, MacCraw, MacCray, MacCrea, MacCree, MacCreight, MacCrie, MacReagh, MacRae, MacRay, MacRie and many more.

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McCrae Early History


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McCrae Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McCrae research. Another 1095 words (78 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1539, 1539, 1688, 1745, 1425, 1505, 1477, 1505, 1715, 1764 and 1778 are included under the topic Early McCrae History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McCrae Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McCrae Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable amongst the Clan at this time was Finghin MacCarthy Reagh (c.1425-1505), the 8th Prince of Carbery from 1477 to 1505, belonged to the MacCarthy Reagh dynasty; the Earl of Seaforth who forfeited his lands in 1715, but in 1764 was allowed to buy the lands back from the Government. In...

Another 134 words (10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McCrae Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McCrae In Ireland


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McCrae In Ireland



Some of the McCrae family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 105 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Faced by this persecution and the generally unstable political climate of those days, many Scots chose to leave their homeland for Ireland, Australia, and North America in search of greater opportunity and freedom. The colonies across the Atlantic were the most popular choice, but a passage there was neither cheap nor easily suffered. Passengers arrived sick and poor, but those who made it intact often found land and more tolerant societies in which to live. These brave settlers formed the backbone of the burgeoning nations of Canada and the United States. It is only this century that the ancestors of these families have begun to recover their collective identity through the patriotic highland games and Clan societies that have sprung up throughout North Ameri ca. Research into early immigration and passenger lists revealed many immigrants bearing the name McCrae:

McCrae Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Thomas McCrae, aged 27, arrived in New York in 1774

McCrae Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Thomas McCrae Sr., U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

McCrae Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Catherine McCrae, aged 27, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Marion" in 1849
  • Jane McCrae, aged 21, a servant, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sultana" in 1850
  • Jane McCrae, aged 21, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Sultana"

McCrae Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • George McCrae arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Telegraph" in 1863
  • Jessie McCrae arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Telegraph" in 1863
  • Maggie McCrae arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Telegraph" in 1863
  • Annie McCrae arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Telegraph" in 1863
  • David McCrae, aged 24, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Resolute" in 1865

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Contemporary Notables of the name McCrae (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name McCrae (post 1700)



  • Gwen McCrae (b. 1943), American R&B singer, best known for her March, 1975 hit "Rockin' Chair"
  • Colonel Sir George McCrae DSO, MP (1860-1928), Scottish textile merchant and Liberal Party politician knighted in 1908
  • Stewart Alden McCrae (1929-2015), Canadian politician, Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta (1973-1982), Minister without Portfolio Responsible for Calgary affairs (1975-1979), Minister of Government Services (1979-1982)
  • Stewart McCrae (1919-2008), Australian cartoonist
  • Thomas McCrae (1870-1935), Canadian former Professor of Medicine at Jefferson Medical College
  • Georgiana Gordon McCrae (1804-1890), Australian painter and diarist
  • Hugh Raymond McCrae (1876-1958), Australian writer
  • Lieutenant Colonel John Alexander McCrae (1872-1918), Canadian poet, physician, author, and artist best known for writing the famous war memorial poem "In Flanders Fields"

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McCrae Historic Events


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McCrae Historic Events




RMS Titanic

  • Mr. Arthur Gordon McCrae (d. 1912), aged 32, Australian Second Class passenger from Sydney, New South Wales who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking and was recovered by CS Mackay-Bennett

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Motto


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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: Fortitudine
Motto Translation: With fortitude.


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Citations


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  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Urquhart, Blair Edition. Tartans The New Compact Study Guide and Identifier. Secauccus, NJ: Chartwell Books, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0-7858-0050-6).
  2. Browne, James. The History of Scotland it's Highlands, Regiments and Clans 8 Volumes. Edinburgh: Francis A Niccolls & Co, 1909. Print.
  3. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and Don Pottinger. Clan Map Scotland of Old. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1983. Print.
  4. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  5. Moody David. Scottish Family History. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0806312688).
  6. Bain, Robert. The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Glasgow & London: Collins, 1968. Print. (ISBN 000411117-6).
  7. Adam, Frank. Clans Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands 8th Edition. London: Bacon (G.W.) & Co, 1970. Print. (ISBN 10-0717945006).
  8. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
  9. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  10. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  11. ...

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

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