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McQueary History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The sea-swept Hebrides islands and the west coast of Scotland, made up the ancient Dalriadan kingdom, the ancestral home of the McQueary family. Their name comes from Guaire, an old Gaelic personal name meaning noble or proud.

Early Origins of the McQueary family


The surname McQueary 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.

Early History of the McQueary family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McQueary research.
Another 321 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1630, 1778, 1818, 103. and 103. are included under the topic Early McQueary History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McQueary Spelling Variations


Many spelling variations of McQueary have been recorded over the years, including These are the result of the medieval practice of spelling according to sound and repeated translation between Gaelic and English. MacQuarrie, MacQuarie, MacQuarry, McQuarrie, McQuarry, MacQuerry, MacCorrie, MacCorry, MacQuarrey, MacWharrie and many more.

Early Notables of the McQueary family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the McQueary family to Ireland


Some of the McQueary family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 107 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the McQueary family to the New World and Oceana


Many who arrived from Scotland settled along the east coast of North America in communities that would go on to become the backbones of the young nations of the United States and Canada. In the American War of Independence, many settlers who remained loyal to England went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Their descendants later began to recover the lost Scottish heritage through events such as the highland games that dot North America in the summer months. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the McQueary family emigrate to North America: Anne McGuary, who arrived in New York in 1740; Donald Macquarrie, a "prisoners of the '45 rising," who was on record in Barbados or Jamaica in 1745.

Contemporary Notables of the name McQueary (post 1700)


  • Fred M. McQueary (1930-2013), American businessman and philanthropist, known for his contributions to Missouri State University, eponym of McQueary Family Health Sciences Hall
  • Frederick G. McQueary MD, American orthopedic surgeon at Mercy Clinic, Springfield, Missouri
  • John J. McQueary, American Chief Operating Officer and Administrative Director, Centre Medical and Surgical Associates at Pennsylvania State University, Hall of Fame inductee (2007)
  • Barry McQueary, American special effects artist, known for his work on Shutter Island (2010), Argo (2012) and Up in the Air (2009)
  • Mike McQueary (b. 1974), American assistant football coach at Pennsylvania State University

The McQueary 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


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