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

The ancestors of the McVeety family come from the ancient Scottish kingdom of Dalriada. The family name comes from Veaty. Mac means son of. MacVitti, therefore, means son of Vitti. Over time, the spelling of the name has changed, which is why the MacVitti is descended from Veaty.

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Historical recordings of the name McVeety 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 MacVittie, MacVittye, MacVittae, MacWittie, MacWitty and many more.

First found in Ayrshire, and Galloway 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 McVeety research. Another 239 words(17 lines of text) covering the year 1685 is included under the topic Early McVeety History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early McVeety Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Dalriadan families proliferated in North America. Their descendants still populate many communities in the eastern parts of both the United States and Canada. Some settled in Canada as United Empire Loyalists, in the wake of the American War of Independence. Families on both sides of the border have recovered much of their heritage in the 20th century through Clan societies and highland games. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name McVeety or a variant listed above: Alan MacWittie who settled in New England in 1685; Duncan McVittie arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1775.

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The McVeety Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McVeety 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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