McGroty History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The McGroty surname was Mag Reachtain in Irish Gaelic.

Early Origins of the McGroty family

The surname McGroty was first found in Tipperary (Irish: Thiobraid Árann), established in the 13th century in South-central Ireland, in the province of Munster, where they held a family seat from very early times.

Early History of the McGroty family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McGroty research. Another 149 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1300, 1500, and 1700 are included under the topic Early McGroty History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McGroty Spelling Variations

The Middle Ages saw a great number of spelling variations for surnames common to the Irish landscape. One reason for these variations is the fact that surnames were not rigidly fixed by this period. The following variations for the name McGroty were encountered in the archives: Gratton, Grattan, MacGrattan and others.

Early Notables of the McGroty family (pre 1700)

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


New Zealand McGroty migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

McGroty Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Hugh McGroty, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Claramont" in 1863


The McGroty 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: Pro patria vivere et mori
Motto Translation: For my country, I live and die


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