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The ancestors of the name McMurtry are thought to have come from the ancient Scottish kingdom of Dalriada. McMurtry was used to indicate someone who worked as a noted mariner or a sea captain.

McMurtry Early Origins



The surname McMurtry 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.

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McMurtry Spelling Variations


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McMurtry Spelling Variations



In the Middle Ages, the translation between Gaelic and English was not a highly developed process. Spelling was not yet standardized, and so, an enormous number of spelling variations appear in records of early Scottish names. McMurtry has appeared as MacCurdy, MacKirdy, MacKirdie, MacCurdie, MacQuartie, MacBararthy, MacBerarthy, MacWerarthy, MacMurtrie, MacMutrie and many more.

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McMurtry Early History


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McMurtry Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McMurtry research. Another 238 words (17 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McMurtry History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McMurtry Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McMurtry Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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McMurtry In Ireland


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McMurtry In Ireland



Some of the McMurtry family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 192 words (14 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



Many of the ancestors of Dalriadan families who arrived in North America still live in communities along the east coast of Canada and the United States. In the American War of Independence many of the original settlers traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries the ancestors of many Scots began recovering their collective national heritage through Clan societies, highland games, and other patriotic events. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name McMurtry or a variant listed above:

McMurtry Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • George G McMurtry, who arrived in Michigan in 1860

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Contemporary Notables of the name McMurtry (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name McMurtry (post 1700)



  • George Gibson McMurtry (1876-1958), officer in United States Army who received the Medal of Honor
  • Larry Jeff McMurtry (b. 1936), American novelist, essayist, bookseller, and Academy Award winning screenwriter, as well as winning the 1986 Pulitzer Prize for fiction
  • William McMurtry (1801-1875), American Democrat politician, Member of Illinois State House of Representatives, 1836; Member of Illinois State Senate, 1842; Lieutenant Governor of Illinois, 1849-53
  • J. L. McMurtry, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Kentucky 8th District, 1874
  • I. B. McMurtry, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives from Midland District, 1942

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McMurtry Historic Events


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McMurtry Historic Events




RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Frederick Archibald Mcmurtry, Canadian 1st Class Passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking

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Motto


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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: Dieu et mon pays
Motto Translation: God and my country.


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McMurtry Family Crest Products


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Donaldson, Gordon and Robert S. Morpeth. Who's Who In Scotish History. Wales: Welsh Academic Press, 1996. Print. (ISBN 186057-0054).
    2. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    3. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    4. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    5. Skene, William Forbes Edition. Chronicles of the Picts, Chronicles of the Scots and Other Early Memorials of Scottish History. Edinburgh: H.M. General Register House, 1867. Print.
    6. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    7. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    8. Urquhart, Blair Edition. Tartans The New Compact Study Guide and Identifier. Secauccus, NJ: Chartwell Books, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0-7858-0050-6).
    9. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and Don Pottinger. Clan Map Scotland of Old. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1983. Print.
    10. 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.
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    The McMurtry Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McMurtry 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 8 January 2016 at 11:43.

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