In ancient Scotland
, the ancestors of the MacNachten family were part of a tribe called the Picts
. The name MacNachten is derived from the Pictish name Nechtan.
The Gaelic form of the name is Mac Neachdainn,
which means son of Nechtan.
Early Origins of the MacNachten family
The surname MacNachten was 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 lands at Lochow and Loch Fyne, called Glenera, Glenshira, and Glen Fyne.
Early History of the MacNachten family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacNachten research.Another 248 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1247, 1431, 1438, 1565, 1614, 1627, and 1691 are included under the topic Early MacNachten History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
MacNachten Spelling Variations
The appearance of the printing press and the first dictionaries in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize spelling. Prior to that time scribes spelled according to sound, a practice that resulted in many spelling variations
. MacNachten has been spelled MacNaughton, McNachton, MacNaghten, MacNechten, Notton, Norton and many more.
Early Notables of the MacNachten family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the MacNachten family to Ireland
Some of the MacNachten family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 91 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the MacNachten family to the New World and Oceana
The expense of the crossing to the North American colonies seemed small beside the difficulties of remaining in Scotland
. It was a long and hard trip, but at its end lay the reward of freedom. Some Scots remained faithful to England
and called themselves United Empire Loyalists, while others fought in the American War of Independence
. Much of this lost Scottish heritage has been recovered in the last century through Clan
societies and other patriotic Scottish organizations. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important, early immigrants to North America bearing the name of MacNachten: Francis Norton, who arrived in New Hampshire
in 1630; Ann Norton, who settled in Virginia in 1643; Anthony Norton, who arrived in Virginia in 1670; Edward Norton, who settled in New England