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

In the mountains of Scotland's west coast and on the Hebrides islands, the ancestors of the McWaters family were born. Their name comes from the names Wattie and Watty, both of which are pet forms of the personal name Walter. The Gaelic form of the name is Mac Bhaididh, which translates as son of Wattie or son of Watty.

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In various documents McWaters has been spelled Since medieval scribes still spelled according to sound, records from that era contain an enormous number of spelling variations. MacWatt, MacWattie, MacWatters, MacQuattie, MacVatt 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 early census rolls taken by the early 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 McWaters research. Another 253 words(18 lines of text) covering the year 1620 is included under the topic Early McWaters History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the McWaters family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 177 words(13 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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The descendants of the Dalriadan families who made the great crossing of the Atlantic still dot communities along the east coast of the United States and Canada. In the American War of Independence, many of the settlers traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Clan societies and highland games have allowed Canadian and American families of Scottish descent to recover much of their lost heritage. Investigation of the origins of family names on the North American continent has revealed that early immigrants bearing the name McWaters or a variant listed above include: George McWatters settled in Philadelphia in 1847; B. McWattey settled in San Francisco in 1752; John and Jane McWhatey settled in New York State in 1811.

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  • William McWaters (1844-1875), American gunfighter from Missouri who rode with William Clarke Quantrill
  • Jeffrey L. McWaters (1956-1957), American politician, Republican member of the Senate of Virginia
  • Alfred David McWaters, Australian politician, Mayor of Toowoomba, Queensland in 1916


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