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In the mountains of Scotland's west coast and on the Hebrides islands, the ancestors of the McTear family were born. Their name comes from the Gaelic form Mac-an-Tsaoir, which denotes son of the carpenter or wright.

McTear Early Origins



The surname McTear was first found in on the Isle of Iona, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

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McTear Spelling Variations


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McTear Spelling Variations



In various documents McTear has been spelled Since medieval scribes still spelled according to sound, records from that era contain an enormous number of spelling variations. MacAteer, MacTear, MacTeir, MacTire, MacAtee, MacAtter, MacAttur and many more.

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McTear Early History


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McTear Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McTear research. Another 127 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1372, 1564 and 1564 are included under the topic Early McTear History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McTear Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McTear Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 20 words (1 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McTear Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McTear In Ireland


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McTear In Ireland



Some of the McTear family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 147 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included 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



The descendants of the Dalriadan families who made the great crossing of the Atlantic still dot communities along the east coast of the United States and Canada. In the American War of Independence, many of the settlers traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Clan societies and highland games have allowed Canadian and American families of Scottish descent to recover much of their lost heritage. Investigation of the origins of family names on the North American continent has revealed that early immigrants bearing the name McTear or a variant listed above include:

McTear Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Wm. McTear, aged 19, who arrived in America from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1893

McTear Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Mrs. McTear, aged 21, who arrived in Boston, in 1905
  • W. McTear, aged 32, who arrived in Boston, in 1905
  • Francis McTear, aged 62, who arrived in America from Belfast, Ireland, in 1908
  • Minnie McTear, aged 4, who arrived in America from Belfast, Ireland, in 1910
  • John McTear, aged 39, who arrived in America from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1912
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name McTear (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name McTear (post 1700)



  • Houston McTear (1957-2015), American sprinter who held the 1978 world record in the 60 meters
  • Brian McTear, American music producer, known for his work with the group MewithoutYou on the album Itís All Crazy! Itís All False! Itís All A Dream! Itís Alright (2009)

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Motto


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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: Per ardua
Motto Translation: Through difficulties.


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    2. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
    3. Adam, Frank. Clans Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands 8th Edition. London: Bacon (G.W.) & Co, 1970. Print. (ISBN 10-0717945006).
    4. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    5. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
    6. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
    7. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    8. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    9. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
    10. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and Don Pottinger. Clan Map Scotland of Old. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1983. Print.
    11. ...

    The McTear Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McTear 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 3 November 2015 at 07:08.

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