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Where did the Scottish McArtor family come from? What is the Scottish McArtor family crest and coat of arms? When did the McArtor family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the McArtor family history?

The Clan from whom the McArtor family descends began among the ancient Dalriadan kingdom of the west coast of Scotland. Their name comes from the Celtic personal name Arthur. It denotes the 'son of arthur', which means noble one.

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Historical recordings of the name McArtor include many spelling variations. They are the result of repeated translations of the name from Gaelic to English and inconsistencies in spelling rules. They include MacArthur, MacArtair, MacArter and many more.

First found in Argyllshire (Gaelic erra Ghaidheal), the region of western Scotland corresponding roughly with the ancient Kingdom of Dál Riata, in the Strathclyde region of Scotland, now part of the Council Area of Argyll and Bute, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the census rolls taken by the ancient Kings of Scotland to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McArtor research. Another 319 words(23 lines of text) covering the years 1427, 1767, and 1817 are included under the topic Early McArtor History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 81 words(6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McArtor Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the McArtor family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 158 words(11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Significant portions of the populations of both the United States and Canada are still made up of the ancestors of Dalriadan families. Some of those in Canada originally settled the United States, but went north as United Empire Loyalists in the American War of Independence. The late 19th and early 20th centuries saw the ancestors of many Scots on both sides of the border begin to recover their collective national heritage through Clan societies and highland games. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

McArtor Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Robert McArtor, aged 21, who arrived in Alexandria, Virginia, in 1917

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  • Trusten Allan McArtor (b. 1942), American Administrator of the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration from 1987 to 1989
  • Gene McArtor, American head baseball coach for the Missouri Tigers from 1974-1994, inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1993, inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in 2007


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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Fide et opera
Motto Translation: By fidelity and work.

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The McArtor Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McArtor Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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