McRoy History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Rugged coastal mountains and the windswept Hebrides islands were the home of the first family to use the name McRoy. It was originally given to a person with red hair. McRoy is a nickname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames. Nicknames form a broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, and can refer directly or indirectly to one's personality, physical attributes, mannerisms, or even their habits of dress. The surname McRoy comes from the Gaelic word ruadh, which means red. Thus, the original bearers of the surname McRoy would have been known for their red hair, or possibly, a ruddy complexion.
Early Origins of the McRoy family
The surname McRoy was first found in Lanarkshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Lannraig) a former county in the central Strathclyde region of Scotland, now divided into the Council Areas of North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire, and the City of Glasgow, where they held a family seat from very early times, where some say before the Millenium.
Early History of the McRoy family
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McRoy Spelling Variations
Many spelling variations of McRoy have been recorded over the years, including Roy, Roys, Roye, Roi, McRoy and others.
Early Notables of the McRoy family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the McRoy family to Ireland
Some of the McRoy family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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McRoy migration to the United States +
Scottish settlers arrived in many of the communities that became the backbones of the United States and Canada. Many stayed, but some headed west for the endless open country of the prairies. In the American War of Independence, many Scots who remained loyal to the Crown re-settled in Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Scots across North America were able to recover much of their lost heritage in the 20th century as Clan societies and highland games sprang up across North America. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first McRoys to arrive on North American shores:
McRoy Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Bertha McRoy, aged 27, who arrived in America, in 1893
McRoy Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Mrs. Jm. F. McRoy, who arrived in America, in 1903
- James McRoy, aged 44, who arrived in America from Dundalk, Scotland, in 1905
- John McRoy, aged 52, who arrived in Stanhope, New Jersey, in 1913
- Barbara McRoy, aged 43, who arrived in Stanhope, New Jersey, in 1913
- C. McRoy, who arrived in America, in 1917
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Contemporary Notables of the name McRoy (post 1700) +
- Elwyn McRoy, American college basketball coach
- Robert McRoy (d. 1917), American baseball executive, Secretary of the American League, General Manager of the Cleveland Indians (1916-1917)
- Robert Lynn "Spike" McRoy Jr. (b. 1968), American professional PGA golfer
- Annette McRoy, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Nebraska, 2000, 2004 
- Jason McRoy (1971-1995), English professional mountain bike racer, inducted into the British Cycling Hall of Fame in 2009
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The McRoy 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: Qua tendis
Motto Translation: Whither do you steer.