McEntyre History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The name McEntyre comes from the ancient Scottish kingdom of Dalriada, where it was used to indicate someone 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 McEntyre family
The surname McEntyre 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 McEntyre family
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McEntyre Spelling Variations
Since medieval scribes still spelled according to sound, records from that era contain an enormous number of spelling variations. In various documents McEntyre has been spelled MacIntyre, MacIntire, MacIntre and many more.
Early Notables of the McEntyre family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the McEntyre family to Ireland
Some of the McEntyre 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.
McEntyre migration to the United States +
Descendents of Dalriadan-Scottish families still populate many communities across North America. They are particularly common in Canada, since many went north as United Empire Loyalists at the time of the American War of Independence. Much later, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the highland games and Clan societies that now dot North America sprang up, allowing many Scots to recover their lost national heritage. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name McEntyre, or a variant listed above:
McEntyre Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Thomas McEntyre, who arrived in Mississippi in 1843 
- Tully McEntyre, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1861 
- Stephen McEntyre, who landed in Mississippi in 1888 
Contemporary Notables of the name McEntyre (post 1700) +
- Kenny "The Glove" McEntyre (b. 1970), American former NFL football defensive specialist who played from 1994 to 2012
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The McEntyre 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.
- ^ 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)