Show ContentsMcQuary History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

On the Scottish west coast, the McQuary family was born among the ancient Dalriadan clans. Their name comes from Guaire, an old Gaelic personal name meaning noble or proud. 1

Early Origins of the McQuary family

The surname McQuary was first found in on the Isle of Ulva, where they were originally a branch of the 'Siol Alpin,' the descendants of Kenneth Mac Alpin, founder and first king of Scotland during the 9th century.

One of the first records of the family was "John M'Goyre of Wlua [who] witnessed a charter by John of Yle, Earl of Ross, in 1463. In the royal confirmation of this charter his name appears as M'Geir de Ulva. In the Gaelic genealogical manuscript of 1467 the name appears correctly as M'Guaire." 2

Later, Donald McGillecallum McGorre or McQuhorre was tenant of Kyllewane in Kintyre, 1506, and Cillecallum McNeill McQuhore was also a tenant in Kintyre in the same year. 2

"A side form of the name is Macwharrie, and this shortened to Wharrie is also in current use. In the Isle of Man the name has become Quarry and Querry, and in Ireland it is Gorey (from UaGuaire). " 2

Early History of the McQuary family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McQuary research. Another 336 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1509, 1517, 1581, 1627, 1630, 1673, 1674, 1745, 1777, 1778, 1781, 1784, 1787, 1809, 1810, 1811, 1813, 1818, 1824 and 1890 are included under the topic Early McQuary History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McQuary Spelling Variations

In various documents McQuary has been spelled Since medieval scribes still spelled according to sound, records from that era contain an enormous number of spelling variations. MacQuarrie, MacQuarie, MacQuarry, McQuarrie, McQuarry, MacQuerry, MacCorrie, MacCorry, MacQuarrey, MacWharrie and many more.

Early Notables of the McQuary family

Notable amongst the Clan from early times was Chief Lachlan MacQuarrie who died at age 103.Lachlan MacQuarie (d. 1824), major-general and governor of New South Wales, came of an old Scottish family which had been established for many generations on the island of Ulva, near Mull. His father, Lauchlan Macquarrie (the son seems to have dropped the second r), was the sixteenth chief of the Clan. Lachlan, the eldest son, entered the army on 9 April 1777 as ensign in the 2nd battalion of the 84th regiment of foot. From 1777 to 1781 he served in Halifax and other parts of...
Another 425 words (30 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McQuary Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the McQuary family to Ireland

Some of the McQuary family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 60 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States McQuary migration to the United States +

Significant portions of the populations of both the United States and Canada are still made up of the ancestors of Dalriadan families. Some of those in Canada originally settled the United States, but went north as United Empire Loyalists in the American War of Independence. The late 19th and early 20th centuries saw the ancestors of many Scots on both sides of the border begin to recover their collective national heritage through Clan societies and highland games. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

McQuary Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Mary McQuary, who landed in New York, NY in 1739 3
McQuary Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John and Anne McQuary, who settled in New York in 1804

Contemporary Notables of the name McQuary (post 1700) +

  • George F. McQuary, American Internet contributor in the 1990s who established the eponymous McQuary 80 character limit for a signature
  • Michael McQuary, American sound engineer, known for his work on My Favorite Person to Talk to (2011), Love Between the Lines (2010) and Downtown (1999)
  • Chuck McQuary, American actor, known for Singles (1992), Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me and Purple Haze (1982)
  • Charles McQuary (1908-1970), American actor, known for his work on The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962), The Music Man (1962) and Ride the High Country (1962)

The McQuary 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: Turris fortis meus mihi Deus
Motto Translation: To me God is my strong tower

  1. Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York: Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  2. Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  3. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8) on Facebook