The Scottish family name McGuirt is an anglicized short form of the Gaelic surname "Mac Mhuircheartaigh", which is classified as being of patronymic origin. As in the case of many family names, this surname derives it’s origins from the given name of one of the parents of it’s initial bearer.Where the name is derived from the father’s first name, it is referred to as being patronymic in origin. In this case, the name originally identified a person who was the "son of Mhuircheartaigh", a Gaelic personal name derived from the Gaelic words "muir" meaning "sea" and "ceartach" meaning "ruler, director". Variants of the surname McGuirt include McGuirter, McGuirtor, McGuirtur, McGurt, McCord, McCoard, & McCourt. One of the earliest references to this surname or to it’s variants is a record of one Margaret McGuirter, whose marriage to Heugh McCulleon was registered in Barr-by-Girvan, Ayrshire, on the 4th of April, 1709.George McGuirtir & Jean McFedrish were married in Barr-by-Girvan, Ayrshire, on the 2nd of January, 1720. However, research is on going and this name may have been documented even earlier than the dates indicated above. The daughter of Jane McGurt McCabe was born in Bridgeton, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, on the 30th of August, 1857. Helen McGurt, daughter of Patrick McGurt & Helen Branigan, was born in Riccarton, Ayrshire, on the 8th of April, 1862. The surname McGuirt is found documented in America in the early nineteenth cenntury, when we find a record of Mary McGuirt, born in Mecklenburg, NC, in 1810. Robert Benjamin McGuirt, son of Walker McGuirt was born in Andalusia Flagler Co., Florida on the 3rd of August, 1856.
BLAZON OF ARMS:Or,on a fesse sable, between three hearts gules, as many pheons of the field. CREST:A demi Savage, in the dexter hand a barbed arrow, and in the sinister, a heart. MOTTO:Via una, cor unum. Translation:One way, one heart. ORIGIN:SCOTLAND