McKirdy History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

McKirdy comes from the kingdom of Dalriada in ancient Scotland. It was a name for a person who worked as a noted mariner or a sea captain.

Early Origins of the McKirdy family

The surname McKirdy was first found in on the isle of Bute, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Important Dates for the McKirdy family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McKirdy research. Another 103 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McKirdy History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McKirdy Spelling Variations

The translation of Gaelic names in the Middle Ages was not a task undertaken with great care. Records from that era show an enormous number of spelling variations, even in names referring to the same person. Over the years McKirdy has appeared as MacCurdy, MacKirdy, MacKirdie, MacCurdie, MacQuartie, MacBararthy, MacBerarthy, MacWerarthy, MacMurtrie, MacMutrie and many more.

Early Notables of the McKirdy family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the McKirdy family to Ireland

Some of the McKirdy family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 94 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McKirdy migration to the United States

Ancestors of many of the Dalriadan families who crossed the Atlantic still live along the east coast of the United States and Canada. Some Scottish settlers arrived in Canada during the American War of Independence as United Empire Loyalists, while others stayed south to fight for a new nation. The descendants of Scottish settlers in both countries began to rediscover their heritage in the 19th and 20th centuries through Clan societies and highland games. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name McKirdy or a variant listed above:

McKirdy Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John McKirdy, aged 21, who arrived in New York in 1893 aboard the ship "Anchoria" from Glasgow, Scotland [1]
McKirdy Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Christina McKirdy, aged 27, originally from Glasgow, Scotland, who arrived in New York in 1907 aboard the ship "Columbia" from Glasgow, Scotland [2]
  • John McKirdy, aged 21, originally from Crayford, England, who arrived in New York in 1921 aboard the ship "Saxonia" from London, England [3]
  • Sophia McKirdy, aged 33, originally from Glasgow, Scotland, who arrived in New York, NY in 1921 aboard the ship "Albania" from Liverpool, England [4]
  • Louis McKirdy, aged 9, originally from Glasgow, Scotland, who arrived in New York, NY in 1921 aboard the ship "Albania" from Liverpool, England [5]

McKirdy migration to Australia

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

McKirdy Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Robert McKirdy, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Indus" in 1839 [6]

McKirdy 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:

McKirdy Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William McKirdy, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Zambia" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 2nd June 1862 [7]
  • Mrs. Margaret McKirdy, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Zambia" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 2nd June 1862 [7]
  • Miss Margaret McKirdy, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Zambia" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 2nd June 1862 [7]
  • Miss Ann McKirdy, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Zambia" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 2nd June 1862 [7]
  • Miss Marion McKirdy, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Zambia" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 2nd June 1862 [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name McKirdy (post 1700)

  • Ed McKirdy, American musician
  • Lewis McKirdy (b. 1987), Australian radio announcer, current host of Lunch on Triple J

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Citations

  1. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6T1-BNT : 6 December 2014), John McKirdy, 24 Jul 1893; citing departure port Glasgow, arrival port New York, ship name Anchoria, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  2. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JXN7-ZNG : 6 December 2014), Christina McKirdy, 30 Apr 1907; citing departure port Glasgow, arrival port New York, ship name Columbia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  3. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6NL-TJX : 6 December 2014), John McKirdy, 26 Oct 1921; citing departure port London, England, arrival port New York, ship name Saxonia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  4. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6KT-16J : 6 December 2014), Sophia McKirdy, 31 Jan 1921; citing departure port Liverpool, England, arrival port New York, NY, ship name Albania, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  5. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6KT-16V : 6 December 2014), Louis McKirdy, 31 Jan 1921; citing departure port Liverpool, England, arrival port New York, NY, ship name Albania, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) INDUS 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Indus.htm
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
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