McCrory History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

There are many Irish surnames being used today in forms that are quite different than their original, ancient forms. McCrory originally appeared in Gaelic as Mac Ruaidhri, which means son of Rory.

Early Origins of the McCrory family

The surname McCrory was first found in County Tyrone (Irish:Tír Eoghain), the ancient territory of the O'Neills, now in the Province of Ulster, central Northern Ireland, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the McCrory family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McCrory research. Another 142 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1298 and 1800 are included under the topic Early McCrory History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McCrory Spelling Variations

Names from the Middle Ages demonstrate many spelling variations. This is because the recording scribe or church official often decided as to how a person's name was spelt and in what language. Research into the name McCrory revealed many variations, including MacCreary, MacCreery, MacCrary, MacCrory and others.

Early Notables of the McCrory family (pre 1700)

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McCrory Ranking

In the United States, the name McCrory is the 4,962nd most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [1]


United States McCrory migration to the United States +

During the 19th century thousands of impoverished Irish families made the long journey to British North America and the United States. These people were leaving a land that had become beset with poverty, lack of opportunity, and hunger. In North America, they hoped to find land, work, and political and religious freedoms. Although the majority of the immigrants that survived the long sea passage did make these discoveries, it was not without much perseverance and hard work: by the mid-19th century land suitable for agriculture was short supply, especially in British North America, in the east; the work available was generally low paying and physically taxing construction or factory work; and the English stereotypes concerning the Irish, although less frequent and vehement, were, nevertheless, present in the land of freedom, liberty, and equality for all men. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. Research into passenger and immigration lists has brought forth evidence of the early members of the McCrory family in North America:

McCrory Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John McCrory, who arrived in South Carolina in 1772 [2]
McCrory Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Robert McCrory, who landed in America in 1804 [2]
  • Sarah McCrory, aged 21, who landed in New York, NY in 1855 [2]
  • Samuel McCrory, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1879 [2]
McCrory Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Elizabeth McCrory, aged 39, who immigrated to the United States from New Glasgow, N.S., in 1914
  • Elizabeth McCrory, aged 28, who settled in America from Keady, Ireland, in 1916
  • Edward McCrory, aged 20, who landed in America from Strabane, Ireland, in 1920
  • Annie McCrory, aged 21, who immigrated to America from Belfast, Ireland, in 1922
  • Bridget McCrory, aged 28, who landed in America from Sixmilecross, Ireland, in 1922
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada McCrory migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McCrory Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Charles McCrory, aged 28, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Perseus" in 1834
  • Biddy McCrory, aged 24, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Perseus" in 1834
  • Daniel McCrory, aged 2, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Perseus" in 1834
  • Patrick McCrory, aged under 1, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Perseus" in 1834
  • Philimy McCrory, aged 20, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Perseus" in 1834
McCrory Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Catherine McCrory, aged 30, who settled in Toronto, Canada, in 1910

Australia McCrory migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

McCrory Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James McCrory, British convict who was convicted in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada for 21 years, transported aboard the "Eden" on 27th August 1836, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [3]
  • Thomas McCrory, aged 25, a gardener, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Aliquis"
  • David McCrory, aged 20, who arrived in South Australia in 1860 aboard the ship "Schah Jehan"

Contemporary Notables of the name McCrory (post 1700) +

  • Helen Elizabeth McCrory OBE (1968-2021), English actress, known for The Importance of Being Earnest in 1990, Skyfall (2012), Peaky Blinders (2013–2019) and in the final three Harry Potter films
  • Mary Angeline Teresa McCrory O.Carm. (1893-1984), Irish-born, American founder of the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm
  • Ann Gordon McCrory (b. 1956), American counselor and human resources manager, First Lady of Charlotte, North Carolina from 1995 to 2009
  • Tamdan Wade McCrory (b. 1986), American mixed martial artist who formerly competed in the Middleweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship
  • Steve McCrory (1964-2000), American gold and bronze medalist boxer
  • Nick McCrory (b. 1991), American bronze medalist diver at the 2012 Summer Olympics
  • Milton McCrory (b. 1962), American former professional boxer, World Champion in the welterweight (147lb) division
  • Patrick Lloyd "Pat" McCrory (b. 1956), American politician, 74th Governor of North Carolina (2013-2017)
  • Robert Glenn McCrory (b. 1982), American Professional Baseball relief pitcher
  • Samuel McKee "Sammy" McCrory (1924-2011), Northern Irish professional footballer
  • ... (Another 6 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 20th October 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/eden


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