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Many variations of the name McQuire have evolved since the time of its initial creation. In Gaelic it appeared as Mag Uidhir, which is derived from the word "odhar," meaning "dun-colored;" in the genitive case, the word is "uidhir."

McQuire Early Origins



The surname McQuire was first found in County Fermanagh (Irish: Fear Manach) in the southwestern part of Northern Ireland, Province of Ulster, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

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McQuire Spelling Variations


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McQuire Spelling Variations



The recording of names in Ireland during the Middle Ages was an inconsistent endeavor at best. Since the general population did not know how to read or write, they could only specify how their names should be recorded orally. Research into the name McQuire revealed spelling variations, including Maguire, MacGuire, Guire, Guirey, Guiry and others.

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McQuire Early History


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McQuire Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McQuire research. Another 131 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1707, 1683 and 1707 are included under the topic Early McQuire History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McQuire Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McQuire Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 41 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McQuire Notables 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



Irish families left their homeland in astonishing numbers during the 19th century in search of a better life. Although individual reasons vary, most of these Irish families suffered from extreme poverty, lack of work opportunities, and exorbitant rents in their homeland. Many decided to travel to Australia or North America in the hopes of finding greater opportunities and land. The Irish immigrants that came to North America initially settled on the East Coast, often in major centers such as Boston or New York. But like the many other cultures to settle in North America, the Irish traveled to almost any region they felt held greater promise; as a result, many Irish with gold fever moved all the way out to the Pacific coast. Others before that time left for land along the St. Lawrence River and the Niagara Peninsula, or the Maritimes as United Empire Loyalists, for many Irish did choose to side with the English during the American War of Independence. The earliest wave of Irish migration, however, occurred during the Great Potato Famine of the 1840s. An examination of early immigration and passenger lists has revealed many people bearing the McQuire name:

McQuire Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Anne McQuire, aged 12, arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1775

McQuire Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Julia McQuire, aged 3, arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1834
  • John McQuire, aged 22, landed in New York in 1854

McQuire Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Biddy McQuire, aged 19, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Constance"
  • Mary McQuire, aged 17, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Constance"
  • Mary McQuire, aged 19, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Constance"
  • Johanna McQuire, aged 19, a farm servant, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Epaminondas"
  • Mary McQuire, aged 26, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Taymouth Castle"

McQuire Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • James McQuire arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Joseph Fletcher" in 1855
  • Ann McQuire arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Joseph Fletcher" in 1855
  • Mary McQuire arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Joseph Fletcher" in 1855
  • Thomas McQuire, aged 36, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cartvale" in 1874
  • William McQuire, aged 21, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rakaia" in 1878

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
    2. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    3. Vicars, Sir Arthur. Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    4. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    5. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    6. Heraldic Scroll and Map of Family names and Origins of Ireland. Dublin: Mullins. Print.
    7. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of Ireland. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1969. Print.
    8. Tepper, Michael Ed & Elizabeth P. Bentley Transcriber. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Philadelphia 1800-1819. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1986. Print.
    9. Johnson, Daniel F. Irish Emigration to New England Through the Port of Saint John, New Brunswick Canada 1841-1849. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield, 1996. Print.
    10. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
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    The McQuire Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McQuire 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 10 September 2013 at 10:04.

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