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The ancient Dalriadan-Scottish name McGarr is a nickname for a short person. The Gaelic form of the surname is Mac an gheairr, which means son of the short or low-sized man.

McGarr Early Origins



The surname McGarr was first found in Kirkcudbrightshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Chille Chuithbheirt), part of the present day Council Area of Dumfries and Galloway, former county in Southwestern Scotland, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, and were believed to be descended from one of the many (350) chiefs who accompanied the banished King Colla da Crioch, who left Ireland for the Hebrides and south west Scotland in the year 327. This ancient Irish clann were originally from County Armagh in Ireland.

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McGarr Spelling Variations


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McGarr Spelling Variations



In the Middle Ages, the translation between Gaelic and English was not a highly developed process. Spelling was not yet standardized, and so, an enormous number of spelling variations appear in records of early Scottish names. McGarr has appeared as McGirr, McGeer, McGear, MacGirr, MacGeer, McGhirr and many more.

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McGarr Early History


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McGarr Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McGarr research. Another 247 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1684, 1658 and 1890 are included under the topic Early McGarr History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McGarr Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McGarr Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early McGarr Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McGarr In Ireland


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McGarr In Ireland



Some of the McGarr family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 123 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



The descendants of the Dalriadan families who made the great crossing of the Atlantic still dot communities along the east coast of the United States and Canada. In the American War of Independence, many of the settlers traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Clan societies and highland games have allowed Canadian and American families of Scottish descent to recover much of their lost heritage. Investigation of the origins of family names on the North American continent has revealed that early immigrants bearing the name McGarr or a variant listed above include:

McGarr Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Thomas McGarr, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1811
  • James McGarr, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1840

McGarr Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Susan McGarr, aged 30, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Protector" in 1834
  • Susan McGarr, aged 30, a spinster, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Protector" in 1834

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Contemporary Notables of the name McGarr (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name McGarr (post 1700)



  • Owen McGarr, American politician, U.S. Consul General in Guayaquil, 1885-89; U.S. Consul in Cienfuegos, 1897
  • Cappy McGarr, American Democrat politician, Member, Credentials Committee, Democratic National Convention, 2008

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    2. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
    3. Donaldson, Gordon and Robert S. Morpeth. Who's Who In Scotish History. Wales: Welsh Academic Press, 1996. Print. (ISBN 186057-0054).
    4. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    5. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
    6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    8. Moody David. Scottish Family History. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0806312688).
    9. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
    10. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    11. ...

    The McGarr Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McGarr Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 21 October 2015 at 11:27.

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