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Tyree is a name that evolved among the descendants of the people of the kingdom of Dalriada in ancient Scotland. It is a name 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.

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The surname Tyree 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.

Spelling and translation were not standardized practices until the last few centuries. Spelling variations are extremely common among early Scottish names. Tyree has been spelled MacIntyre, MacIntire, MacIntre and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tyree research. Another 361 words (26 lines of text) covering the years 1955 and 1991 are included under the topic Early Tyree History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Tyree Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Tyree family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 105 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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 England 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 Tyrees to arrive on North American shores:

Tyree Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • B. Tyree, aged 20, who emigrated to the United States, in 1895

Tyree Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Mrs. W.C. Tyree, aged 31, who settled in America, in 1905
  • W.C. Tyree, aged 44, who emigrated to the United States, in 1905
  • Hiram Tyree, aged 53, who emigrated to the United States, in 1913
  • Alfred Tyree, aged 40, who landed in America, in 1922
  • Charles Tyree, aged 32, who landed in America, in 1922


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  • Ralph Burke Tyree (1921-1979), American painter
  • Omar Rashad Tyree (b. 1969), award-winning African-American novelist
  • Elizabeth Tyree (1865-1952), American actress in Broadway theatrical productions
  • David Mikel Tyree (b. 1980), retired American football wide receiver
  • Randall Tyree (b. 1940), American Democrat politician, Mayor of Knoxville, Tennessee, 1976-83; Candidate for Governor of Tennessee, 1982
  • Lynnell P. Tyree, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Virginia, 1996, 2000 (alternate), 2004 (alternate)
  • Lynn P. Tyree, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Virginia, 2000
  • Leroy Tyree, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1956


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  • A Tyree Genealogy by Forrest Hill Tyree.
  • The Tyree Trail with Allied Lines of Adams and Blair by Ella Rae Wilson Coleman.
  • The Tyree Tree by Dorothy Chambers Watts.
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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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The Tyree Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Tyree 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.

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