Origin of the Name MacCready
family history was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives.
Over the centuries Surnames developed a wide number of variants. Different spellings of the same name can be traced back to an original root. Additionally when a bearer of a name emigrated it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books at their new location. Surnames were also often altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another.
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. Irish septs and clans that are related often belong to even larger groups, sometimes called tribes.
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 MacCready coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all MacCready descendants.