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In Scottish history, few names go farther back than McCready, whose ancestors lived among the clans of the Pictish tribe. The ancestors of the McCready family lived in Ayrshire.

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The surname McCready 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.

Although Medieval Scotland lacked a basic set of spelling rules, which meant that scribes recorded names according to their sounds it was not uncommon for the names of a father and son to be recorded differently. As a result, there are many spelling variations of Scottish single names. McCready has been written MacCreadie, MacCredie, MacCready, MacReady, MacRedie and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McCready research. Another 139 words (10 lines of text) covering the year 1720 is included under the topic Early McCready History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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More information is included under the topic Early McCready Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the McCready family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 135 words (10 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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Thousands of Scots left their home country to travel to Ireland or Australia, or to cross the Atlantic for the North American colonies. The difficult crossing was an enormous hurdle, but those who survived found freedom and opportunity in ample measure. Some Scots even fought for their freedom in the American War of Independence. This century, their ancestors have become aware of the illustrious history of the Scots in North America and at home through Clan societies and other organizations. Passenger and immigration lists show many early and influential immigrants bearing the name McCready:

McCready Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John McCready, who arrived in Virginia in 1794

McCready Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Thomas McCready, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1808
  • Charles McCready, aged 25, arrived in Maryland in 1812
  • William McCready, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1822
  • Mack McCready, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1826
  • Raymond McCready, who arrived in Missouri in 1839
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McCready Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. David McCready U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario 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
  • Mr. William McCready 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
  • Mr. William II. McCready 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

McCready Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Andrew McCready, aged 25, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Edward Reid" in 1833
  • Mary McCready, aged 30, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Ambassador" in 1834
  • John McCready, aged 6, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Ambassador" in 1834
  • Mary McCready, aged 5, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Ambassador" in 1834
  • Andrew McCready, aged 2, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Ambassador" in 1834
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McCready Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Sarah J. McCready arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Triumph" in 1883
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  • James McCready (1816-1909), American politician, 4th Mayor of the city of Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Constance "Connie" McCready (1921-2000), born Constance Averill, American journalist and politician, 46th Mayor of Portland, Oregon (1979-1981)
  • Keith McCready (b. 1957), nicknamed Earthquake, an American professional pool player
  • Rich McCready (b. 1970), American country music singer-songwriter
  • Malinda Gayle "MIndy" McCready (1975-2013), American country music artist who sold over three million albums, best known for her album Ten Thousand Angels
  • Benjamin "Ben" McCready (b. 1951), American portrait painter of such people as President Gerald R. Ford, President Ronald W. Reagan, President George H. W. Bush, President James Earl Carter, Robert Redford and many more
  • Michael David "Mike" McCready (b. 1966), lead guitarist of the American rock band, Pearl Jam
  • Thomas McCready (b. 1943), Scottish former professional footballer
  • Michael McCready (1913-2008), British fencer at the 1948 Summer Olympics
  • Allan McCready (1916-2003), New Zealand politician of the National Party, Member of Parliament for Otaki (1960-1972) and Manawatu (1972–1978)
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McCready Historic Events



Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. Thomas McCready, English Fireman from Liverpool, England, United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking on May 29th 1914

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Robert G. Mccready, Canadian 3rd Class passenger from Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
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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: Semper paratus
Motto Translation: Always prepared.

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Citations



  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. Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
  2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  3. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  4. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  5. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  6. Warner, Philip Warner. Famous Scottish Battles. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-004-4).
  7. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  8. Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
  9. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  10. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
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The McCready Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McCready 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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