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McEnteer History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The story of the name McEnteer reaches back through Scottish history to the kingdom of Dalriada. The name evolved for a person who worked as a carpenter or wright. The Gaelic form Mac an t-saoir means son of the carpenter. Most historians agree that their earliest habitations were on MacDonald territories on Kintyre. Most legends about their beginnings point to an origin in the Hebrides. From this point on, opinions differ. One legend has the Clan-an-t-Saor (Children of the Carpenter) arriving in Lorne in a galley with a white cow, another says that the galley, set adrift, developed a leak below the water line and the MacDonald Chieftain placed his thumb in the hole to keep the boat afloat. Spotting help at a distance, he cut off his thumb so that he could wave. He was ironically named the Carpenter or MacIntyre. Some claim that the family derived its name from a member of the MacDonalds who was called Cean-tire because of his ownership of lands on the peninsula of Kintyre.


Early Origins of the McEnteer family


The surname McEnteer was first found in Argyllshire (Gaelic erra Ghaidheal), the region of western Scotland corresponding roughly with the ancient Kingdom of Dál Riata, in the Strathclyde region of Scotland, now part of the Council Area of Argyll and Bute, where according legend, Maurice or Murdock, The Wright, (c.1150) became the first MacIntyre chief as a reward for helping his uncle, Somerled, King of Argyll and the Western Isles.

Early History of the McEnteer family


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McEnteer Spelling Variations


Spelling variations are the result of the medieval practice of spelling according to sound and repeated translation between Gaelic and English. Many spelling variations of McEnteer have been recorded over the years, including MacIntyre, MacIntire, MacIntre and many more.

Early Notables of the McEnteer family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the McEnteer family to Ireland


Some of the McEnteer family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the McEnteer family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McEnteer Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • James McEnteer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ernestina" in 1865
  • Sarah McEnteer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ernestina" in 1865

The McEnteer 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: Per ardua
Motto Translation: Through difficulties.


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