McMurtrey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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In the Scotland of ancient times, McMurtrey was a name for a noted mariner or a sea captain.
Early Origins of the McMurtrey family
The surname McMurtrey 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.
Early History of the McMurtrey family
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McMurtrey Spelling Variations
Medieval spelling was at best an intuitive process, and translation between Gaelic and English was no more effective. These factors caused an enormous number of spelling variations in Dalriadan names. In fact, it was not uncommon to see a father and son who spelled their name differently. Over the years, McMurtrey has been spelled MacCurdy, MacKirdy, MacKirdie, MacCurdie, MacQuartie, MacBararthy, MacBerarthy, MacWerarthy, MacMurtrie, MacMutrie and many more.
Early Notables of the McMurtrey family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the McMurtrey family to Ireland
Some of the McMurtrey family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the McMurtrey family
The hardy Scots who made the crossing settled all along the east coast of North America and in the great west that was just then opening up. At the time of the American War of Independence, many United Empire Loyalists moved north from the American colonies to Canada. Scottish national heritage became better known in North America in the 20th century through highland games and other patriotic events. An examination of immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name McMurtrey arrived in North America very early: James McCurdy, and his wife Elizabeth Ayers, who were recorded as Scotch-Irish living in New Hampshire in 1730; Archibald Mccurdy, who arrived in New England in 1737 with his five children, John McCurdy, who arrived in New England in 1745.
Contemporary Notables of the name McMurtrey (post 1700)
- Mac McMurtrey, American CEO of Southern Auto Supply, Bakersfield, California, eponym of The McMurtrey Aquatic Center
- Vivian McMurtrey, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Oregon, 1948 
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html