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

The Picts were the ancient Scottish tribe where the ancestors of the Taggart family lived. The name Taggart comes from priest. Although the marriage of clerics in minor orders was permitted, the marriage of priests was banned during the 12th century. The Gaelic form of the name is Mac-an-t-sagairt, which means son of the priest.

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When the first dictionaries were invented in the last few hundred years, spelling gradually became standardized. Before that time, scribes spelled according to sound. Names were often recorded under different spelling variations every time they were written. Taggart has been written MacTaggart, MacTagart, MacIntaggart, MacTuggart, MacToggart, MacTaggert, MacTeggart, Taggart, Tagart, Tegart, Tegert, Teggert, Teggart, Intaggart, Tuggart and many more.

First found in Ross-shire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Rois) a former county, now part of the Council Areas of Highland and Western Isles in Northern Scotland, which emerged from the Gaelic lordship of the Earl of Ross, 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 Taggart research. Another 301 words(22 lines of text) covering the years 1215, 1544 and 1678 are included under the topic Early Taggart History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the Taggart family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 135 words(10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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The crossing to North America did not seem so great in comparison with the hardships many Scots endured at home. It was long, expensive, and cramped, but also rewarding. North America offered land and the chance for settlers to prove themselves in a new place. And many did prove themselves as they fought to forge a new nation in the American War of Independence. The ancestors of those Scots can now experience much of their once-lost heritage through the Clan societies and highland games that have sprung up across North America in the last century. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important, early immigrants to North America bearing the name of Taggart:

Taggart Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Hugh Taggart, who landed in New England in 1723
  • Archibald Taggart, who landed in New England in 1738

Taggart Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Jane Taggart, aged 12, landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1804
  • Ann Taggart, aged 14, arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1804
  • Bryan Taggart, who landed in New York, NY in 1812
  • William Taggart, who landed in New York, NY in 1816
  • John Taggart, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1816


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  • Millee Taggart (b. 1940), American two-time Daytime Emmy Award winning and three-time Writers Guild of America Award winning actress, writer and producer, best known for her long-running role as Janet Bergman Collins on Search for Tomorrow (1971-1982)
  • Thomas Taggart (1856-1929), Irish-born, American politician, 18th Mayor of Indianapolis (1895-1901), United States Senator in 1916
  • Willie Taggart (b. 1976), American head college football at the University of South Florida
  • Scott Taggart (b. 1991), Scottish footballer
  • Gerrald "Gerry" Taggart (b. 1970), English former professional footballer
  • Jeremy Taggart (b. 1977), Canadian drummer for the band Our Lady Peace
  • Joseph Taggart (1867-1938), American politician, United States congressman for Kansas (1911-1917)
  • Samuel Taggart (1754-1825), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Massachusetts (1803-1817)
  • Tamara Taggart (b. 1968), Canadian television presenter and anchor of CTV News at Six
  • Adam Taggart (b. 1993), Australian footballer


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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: Ratione non vi
Motto Translation: By reason, not by force.

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