Spelling of McGourty surname
I have seen several possible explanations for the origins of the McGourty surname. Does the name have the same origin as the name, "McGroarty"? My gg-gf could not write when he came to Scotland from Ireland in 1847 and signed his name with an "X." The name was spelled on census and other records as McGourty, as well as various other ways. One son spelled the name "McGurty," my g-gf spelled it "McGortey," and two sons who remained in Scotland spelled it "McGrorty." Those variations are still in use today.