Show ContentsMcGurty History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Although the McGurty surname came to Britain with the Normans, it derives from the Germanic personal names Gerard, or Gerald, composed of the elements "gar," or "ger," meaning "spear," "hard," meaning "brave," or "strong," and "wald," meaning "rule." The Anglo-Norman surname McGurty in Ireland was often Mac Gerailt, and was used as a synonym of Fitzgerald.

Early Origins of the McGurty family

The surname McGurty was first found in County Carlow (Irish: Cheatharlach) a small landlocked area located in the province of Leinster in the South East of Ireland, where some of the name may have come from Anglicized versions of MacOrcachta, believed to be descended from Cathal, brother of Teige Mor, of the powerful O'Connors of Connacht. However, it is thought that the majority of this name in Ireland are of English (Norman) stock.

Early History of the McGurty family

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McGurty Spelling Variations

In the days before Gaelic or English gained any significant semblance of standardization, the scribes who created documents simply recorded names as they sounded. Consequently, in the Middle Ages many people were recorded under different spellings each time their name was written down. Research on the McGurty family name revealed numerous spelling variations, including Garrett, Garratt, MacGarrett, McGarraty, Garret, Garrat, Garet, Garitt, Garatt and many more.

Early Notables of the McGurty family (pre 1700)

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United States McGurty migration to the United States +

Many Irish families left the English-controlled Ireland in the 19th century. Early immigrants were primarily after land and the opportunity of living a life entirely of their own fashioning. In the 1840s, this pattern of immigration changed as the Great Potato Famine struck Ireland. Hundreds of thousands left the diseased and starving island with little expectations but many hopes. By this time there was very little available land in the east, so many immigrants joined the movement for the western frontier lands, or settled in established urban centers. Irish immigrants not only made enormous contributions to the rapid development and population of North America, but they also brought with them a rich cultural heritage. Immigration and passenger ship lists show some important early immigrants bearing the name McGurty:

McGurty Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Thos. McGurty, aged 29, who arrived in New York in 1893 aboard the ship "City of Paris" from Liverpool & Queenstown [1]
  • Susan McGurty, aged 22, originally from Queenstown, Ireland, who arrived in New York in 1898 aboard the ship "Majestic (1890)" from Queenstown, Ireland [2]
McGurty Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Jos. Mc Gurty, aged 32, originally from Liverpool, England, who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Caronia" from Liverpool, England [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name McGurty (post 1700) +

  • Paul James McGurty, English Conservative political candidate for Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council election, 2004

The McGurty 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: Semper fidelis
Motto Translation: Always faithful. on Facebook