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The first family to use the name McGerr lived in the ancient Scottish kingdom of Dalriada. It was used as 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.

McGerr Early Origins



The surname McGerr 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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McGerr Spelling Variations


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McGerr Spelling Variations



Medieval translation of Gaelic names could not be referred to as an accurate process. Spelling was not yet standardized, and names in documents from that era are riddled with spelling variations. McGerr has been written as McGirr, McGeer, McGear, MacGirr, MacGeer, McGhirr and many more.

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McGerr Early History


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McGerr Early History



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

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McGerr Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McGerr Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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McGerr In Ireland


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McGerr In Ireland



Some of the McGerr 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



Significant portions of the populations of both the United States and Canada are still made up of the ancestors of Dalriadan families. Some of those in Canada originally settled the United States, but went north as United Empire Loyalists in the American War of Independence. The late 19th and early 20th centuries saw the ancestors of many Scots on both sides of the border begin to recover their collective national heritage through Clan societies and highland games. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: Felix McGirr who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1827; Bernard in 1858; Owen in 1849; Patrick in 1830; Robert in 1853; all in Philadelphia; Jane McGear settled in Delaware in 1772..

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Contemporary Notables of the name McGerr (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name McGerr (post 1700)



  • Catherine F. McGerr, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Nebraska, 1924

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McGerr Family Crest Products


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
    2. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    3. Fairbairn,. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    4. Urquhart, Blair Edition. Tartans The New Compact Study Guide and Identifier. Secauccus, NJ: Chartwell Books, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0-7858-0050-6).
    5. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    6. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    7. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Socts Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Modern Application of the Art of Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
    8. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    10. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    11. ...

    The McGerr Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McGerr 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 14 January 2016 at 10:33.

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