McEntire History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

McEntire is a name that evolved among the descendants of the people of the kingdom of Dalriada in ancient Scotland. It is a name 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 McEntire family

The surname McEntire 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 McEntire family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McEntire research. Another 181 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1955, 1991, 1543, 1597 and are included under the topic Early McEntire History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McEntire Spelling Variations

Spelling and translation were not standardized practices until the last few centuries. Spelling variations are extremely common among early Scottish names. McEntire has been spelled MacIntyre, MacIntire, MacIntre and many more.

Early Notables of the McEntire family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the McEntire family to Ireland

Some of the McEntire family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 59 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States McEntire migration to the United States +

Scottish settlers arrived in many of the communities that became the backbones of the United States and Canada. Many stayed, but some headed west for the endless open country of the prairies. In the American War of Independence, many Scots who remained loyal to England re-settled in Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Scots across North America were able to recover much of their lost heritage in the 20th century as Clan societies and highland games sprang up across North America. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first McEntires to arrive on North American shores:

McEntire Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Mrs. McEntire, aged 22, who landed in Norfolk, Va in 1803 [1]
  • George McEntire, who arrived in Norfolk, Va in 1803 [1]
  • Mary McEntire, aged 20, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1805 [1]
  • Sally McEntire, aged 20, who arrived in New York, NY in 1850 [1]
  • Aleseander McEntire, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1855 [1]

Canada McEntire migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McEntire Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Jos McEntire, who arrived in Canada in 1817
  • Ann McEntire, aged 20, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Edward Reid" in 1833
  • Alexander McEntire, aged 18, who landed in Quebec in 1833
  • Jane McEntire, aged 6, who landed in Quebec in 1833
  • John McEntire, aged 20, who arrived in Quebec in 1833

Australia McEntire migration to Australia +

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

McEntire Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Edward McEntire, aged 27, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Marshall Bennett" [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name McEntire (post 1700) +

  • Reba Nell McEntire (b. 1955), American country music singer, performer and Golden Globe Award nominated actress often named "The Queen of Country" having sold 57 million records
  • Susan M. McEntire, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1996
  • Clark Stephen McEntire (1928-2014), American father of Reba, Pake and Martha McEntire
  • Martha Susan "Susie" McEntire -Eaton (b. 1957), American country music singer, younger sister of Reba McEntire
  • Brigadier General Barnie B. McEntire Jr., American first commander of the SCANG, eponym of McEntire Joint National Guard Base
  • Dale Stanley "Pake" McEntire (b. 1953), American country music artist, oldest brother of Reba McEntire
  • John McEntire (b. 1970), American drummer and multi-instrumentalist

The McEntire 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.

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ South Australian Register Friday 29 April 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Marshall Bennett 1853. Retrieved on Facebook
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