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The name McGary has changed considerably in the time that has passed since its genesis. It originally appeared in Gaelic as Mag Fhearadhaigh, derived from the word "fearadhach," possibly meaning "manly."
The surname McGary was first found in county Connacht (Irish: Connachta, (land of the) descendants of Conn), where they held a family seat from ancient times.
The archives that survive today demonstrate the difficulty experienced by the scribes of the Middle Ages in their attempt to record these names in writing. Spelling variations of the name McGary dating from that time include Garry, Garrihy, Hare, O'Hare, O'Heihir, MacGarry and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McGary research. Another 157 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1585, 1667 and 1668 are included under the topic Early McGary History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 49 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McGary Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
A massive wave of Irish immigrants hit North America during the 19th century. Although many early Irish immigrants made a carefully planned decision to leave left Ireland for the promise of free land, by the 1840s immigrants were fleeing a famine stricken land in desperation. The condition of Ireland during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s can be attributed to a rapidly expanding population and English imperial policies. Those Irish families that arrived in North America were essential to its rapid social, industrial, and economic development. Passenger and immigration lists have revealed a number of early Irish immigrants bearing the name McGary:
McGary Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
McGary Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
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: Fear garbh ar mait
Motto Translation: Here is a good rough man.
The McGary Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McGary 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.
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