Tyre History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The story of the name Tyre reaches back through Scottish history to the kingdom of Dalriada. The name evolved for a person who worked as a carpenter or wright. The Gaelic form Mac an t-saoir means son of the carpenter. Most historians agree that their earliest habitations were on MacDonald territories on Kintyre. Most legends about their beginnings point to an origin in the Hebrides. From this point on, opinions differ. One legend has the Clan-an-t-Saor (Children of the Carpenter) arriving in Lorne in a galley with a white cow, another says that the galley, set adrift, developed a leak below the water line and the MacDonald Chieftain placed his thumb in the hole to keep the boat afloat. Spotting help at a distance, he cut off his thumb so that he could wave. He was ironically named the Carpenter or MacIntyre. Some claim that the family derived its name from a member of the MacDonalds who was called Cean-tire because of his ownership of lands on the peninsula of Kintyre.
Early Origins of the Tyre family
The surname Tyre was first found in Argyllshire (Gaelic erra Ghaidheal), the region of western Scotland corresponding roughly with the ancient Kingdom of Dál Riata, in the Strathclyde region of Scotland, now part of the Council Area of Argyll and Bute, where according legend, Maurice or Murdock, The Wright, (c.1150) became the first MacIntyre chief as a reward for helping his uncle, Somerled, King of Argyll and the Western Isles.
Early History of the Tyre family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tyre research. Another 181 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1955, 1991, 1543, 1597 and are included under the topic Early Tyre History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Tyre Spelling Variations
Spelling variations are the result of the medieval practice of spelling according to sound and repeated translation between Gaelic and English. Many spelling variations of Tyre have been recorded over the years, including MacIntyre, MacIntire, MacIntre and many more.
Early Notables of the Tyre family (pre 1700)
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In the United States, the name Tyre is the 10,829th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. 
Migration of the Tyre family to Ireland
Some of the Tyre family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 59 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Tyre migration to the United States +
Numerous Scottish settlers settled along the east coast of the colonies that would become the United States and Canada. Others traveled to the open country of the west. At the time of the American War of Independence, some remained in the United States, while those who remained loyal to the crown went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The highland games and Clan societies that sprang up across North America in the 20th century have helped many Scots to recover parts of their lost traditions. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Tyres to arrive in North America:
Tyre Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Mr. John Tyre, (b. 1600), aged 20, British settler who arrived in Virginia in 1620 aboard the ship "Abigaile" 
Tyre Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Rebecca Tyre, who arrived in Virginia in 1708 
Tyre Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- R. T. Tyre, aged 34, who immigrated to the United States from London, in 1892
- Robert J. Tyre, aged 40, who landed in America from Liverpool, in 1897
Tyre Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Fred Tyre, aged 21, who landed in America from London, in 1904
- James Tyre, aged 22, who landed in America from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1913
- James Tyre, aged 25, who settled in America from Ardrossan, Scotland, in 1916
- Agnes Kerr Tyre, aged 17, who landed in America from Kilwinning, Scotland, in 1920
- Bessie Tyre, aged 15, who immigrated to the United States from Kilwinning, Scotland, in 1921
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Contemporary Notables of the name Tyre (post 1700) +
- Chris Tyre, American cinematographer
- Jennifer Tyre, American film costume designer, best known for Terriers (2010) and StarStruck (2010)
- Nedra Tyre (1921-1990), American television writer, best known as the writer for The Philip Morris Playhouse (1953)
- Scott P. Tyre, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Wisconsin, 2004; Member, Credentials Committee, 2008 
- Barbara Tyre, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from West Virginia, 2012 
- Colin Jack Tyre CBE, Lord Tyre, Scottish lawyer and judge of the Supreme Courts of Scotland, former President of the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe, and a Senator of the College of Justice
- Tyre York (1836-1916), American politician, Member of North Carolina State Legislature; U.S. Representative from North Carolina 7th District, 1883-85; Candidate for Governor of North Carolina, 1884 
- Tyre H. Hollander, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Washington, 1948 
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The Tyre 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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