Origin of the Name McGurry
The ancient history of the name McGurry
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. Variants of McGurry include McGorry and McGorrie. When 'Mc', meaning 'son', occurs in Scottish surnames it signifies a Gaelic origin. This name in Gaelic is MacGoraidh, meaning, 'son of Goraidh'. This name is of Scottish descent and is found in many ancient manuscripts. Examples of such are a John MacGorre, of Knokdwff, who was given a grant by Archibald, Earl of Argyll, in 1540 and a Parlane MacGorrie in Ardes, who was fined for aiding the outlawed Clan Gregor, in 1613. Names were recorded in these ancient documents to make it easier for their overlords to collect taxes and to keep records of the population at any given time. When the overlords acquired lands by either force or gifts from their rulers, they created charters of ownership for themselves and their vassals. In Ireland these names mostly occur in Ulster Province having been introduced there during the seventeenth century. The MacGothraidh branch of the O'Reilly Sept of Cunty Cavan also adopted McGurry and McGorry as anglicized forms of their native name.
The McGurry 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 McGurry descendants.