McGary History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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."

Early Origins of the McGary family

The surname McGary was first found in Connacht (Irish: Connachta, (land of the) descendants of Conn), where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the McGary family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McGary research. Another 79 words (6 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 and printed products wherever possible.

McGary Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the McGary family (pre 1700)

Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McGary Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States McGary migration to the United States +

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
  • John McGary, who landed in America in 1800 [1]
  • James McGary, who arrived in America in 1811 [1]
  • Peter McGary, who landed in Mississippi in 1846 [1]
  • Edward McGary, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [1]

Canada McGary migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McGary Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Edward McGary, aged 20, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Ugoni" from Belfast, Ireland
  • Margaret McGary, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1843

Australia McGary migration to Australia +

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

McGary Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

Contemporary Notables of the name McGary (post 1700) +

  • Austin McGary (1846-1928), American Restoration Movement evangelist and publisher
  • Mitch McGary (b. 1992), American blue chip high school basketball player
  • Ethel McGary (1907-1975), American Olympic freestyle swimmer
  • Phil M. McGary, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Kentucky 4th District, 1980 [3]
  • Hugh McGary, American politician, Postmaster at Evansville, Indiana, 1818-19 [3]
  • Robert McGary (b. 1962), Irish professional footballer


The McGary 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: Fear garbh ar mait
Motto Translation: Here is a good rough man.


  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. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 7th October 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/bengal-merchant
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 21) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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