McCready Coat of Arms, Family Crest and McCready Family History

If you are conducting some McCready family history research then you can view the McCready coat of arms and the name meaning and origin of the name as well as the meaning of symbols below. This is a great place to start when tracing your genealogy and McCready surname history and will help you answer the question 'what is the meaning of my name?'


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The ancient origin of the name McCready was found in the archives.

Surnames developed a wide number of variants over the centuries. Many different spelling variations of the same name can be traced back to a single original root. Also, when a bearer of a name emigrated from Ireland it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books upon arrival at their new location. Some names have dozens of spelling variations. Some Surnames were also altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically, by their sound, and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another. This was especially so in Ireland where most Gaelic names were 'anglicized' at some stage.

Variants of the name McCready include MacCreadie, MacCready and McCreedy. This name in Irish is MacRiada and the latter variants are the anglicized forms of this. They were a Donegal sept located in the barony of Raphoe where today the name is still found.

A sept or clan is a collective term describing a group of persons whose immediate ancestors bore a common surname and inhabited the same territory. It is also the case that many Irish septs or clans that are related often belong to a larger groups, sometimes called tribes. For example the 'Tribes of Galway' consisted of fourteen distinct families. The 'Tribes of Kilkenny' were ten families, etc.

In County Derry McCready is also sometimes used as an abbreviated form of the names MacConready and MacAready. In modern times the name McCready and its variants can be mostly found in the Counties of North-West Ulster as well as in County Dublin.The McCready family crest (or coat of arms) came into existence many centuries ago. The process of creating these coats of arms began as early as the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this, including Ireland. The new more formalized art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own family crest, coat of arms, including McCready descendants.

Meaning of Symbols & Colors on the McCready Coat of Arms

Argent/White or Silver Denotes Peace and Sincerity.
Or/Yellow/Gold Represents Generosity.
Sable/Black Denotes Constancy and sometimes Grief.
The Fess Denotes a Military Belt or Girdle of Honour
Shamrock/Trefoil Signifies Perpetuity
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