McQuerry History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The old Scottish-Dalriadan name McQuerry is derived from Guaire, an old Gaelic personal name meaning noble or proud. [1]

Early Origins of the McQuerry family

The surname McQuerry 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 McQuerry family

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McQuerry Spelling Variations

Translation in medieval times was an undeveloped science and was often carried out without due care. For this reason, many early Scottish names appeared radically altered when written in English. The spelling variations of McQuerry include MacQuarrie, MacQuarie, MacQuarry, McQuarrie, McQuarry, MacQuerry, MacCorrie, MacCorry, MacQuarrey, MacWharrie and many more.

Early Notables of the McQuerry family (pre 1700)

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...
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Ireland Migration of the McQuerry family to Ireland

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Migration of the McQuerry family

These settlers arrived in North America at a time when the east was burgeoning with prosperous colonies and the expanses of the west were just being opened up. The American War of Independence was also imminent. Some Scots stayed to fight for a new country, while others who remained loyal went north as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of them went on to rediscover their heritage in the 20th century through highland games and other patriotic Scottish events. The McQuerry were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: 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 McQuerry (post 1700) +

  • Bob McQuerry, American horse trainer of The Pusher, a roan stallion, World Grand Champion Tennessee Walking Horse in 1981
  • Wesley L. McQuerry, American politician, Mayor of Altoona, Iowa (1934-1935)
  • Sanda McQuerry, American radio station co-host of KTVT's "Reveille" in Fort Worth, Texas
  • George Washington McQuerry, American defendant who was subject of one of the first slave cases in Ohio; he was defended by Peter Humphries Clark, but the case was lost and McQuerry was forced back into slavery
  • Stephen McQuerry, American computer author for Network World
  • Mike McQuerry, American songwriter, credited with his work on "Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die," a Willie Nelson single from his 2012 album Heroes
  • Maureen McQuerry, American actress, known for her role in The Screamwriter (2013)

The McQuerry 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) on Facebook