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Where did the Scottish McCready family come from? What is the Scottish McCready family crest and coat of arms? When did the McCready family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the McCready family history?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.
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.
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.
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.
More information is included under the topic Early McCready Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
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.
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
McCready Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
McCready Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
McCready Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
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.
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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