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McTear History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



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.

Early Origins of the McTear family


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.

Early History of the McTear family


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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.

Early Notables of the McTear family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the McTear family to Ireland


Some of the McTear family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the McTear family to the New World and Oceana


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.)

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 It’s All Crazy! It’s All False! It’s All A Dream! It’s Alright (2009)

The McTear 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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