Show ContentsMcEndree History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

In ancient Scotland, the ancestors of the McEndree family were part of a tribe called the Picts. The name McEndree is derived from the Gaelic name Mac Aindreis, which means son of Andrew.

Early Origins of the McEndree family

The surname McEndree 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, 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 McEndree family

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McEndree Spelling Variations

The appearance of the printing press and the first dictionaries in the last few hundred years did much to standardize spelling. Prior to that time scribes spelled according to sound, a practice that resulted in many spelling variations. McEndree has been spelled M'Andrew, M'Andrews, MacAndrew, MacAndrews and others.

Early Notables of the McEndree family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the McEndree family

The expense of the crossing to the North American colonies seemed small beside the difficulties of remaining in Scotland. It was a long and hard trip, but at its end lay the reward of freedom. Some Scots remained faithful to England and called themselves United Empire Loyalists, while others fought in the American War of Independence. Much of this lost Scottish heritage has been recovered in the last century through Clan societies and other patriotic Scottish organizations. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important, early immigrants to North America bearing the name of McEndree: Alexander M'Andrew settled in Georgia in 1775; Thomas M'Andrew arrived in Philadelphia in 1871 along with Michael; Patrick M'Andrews arrived in Philadelphia in 1874..

Contemporary Notables of the name McEndree (post 1700) +

  • Maurice McEndree (1931-2003), American actor and editor, known for his work in Faces (1968), Devil's Angels (1967) and Hollywood Nudes Report (1963)

The McEndree 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: Fortuna juvat
Motto Translation: Fortune favours. on Facebook