The ancient Scottish name Mavity was first used by the Strathclyde-Briton people of the Scottish/English Borderlands. The original bearer of the name lived in the place called Moffatt, in Scotland
. The place-name is derived from the Gaelic words magh
which mean field
Hence, the surname Mavity means, from the long field.
Early Origins of the Mavity family
The surname Mavity was first found in Dumfriesshire
(Gaelic: Siorrachd Dhùn Phris), a Southern area, bordering on England
that today forms part of the Dumfries and Galloway
Council Area, at Annandale
where the first on record was Nicholas de Mufet who began his life as a simple cleric and was first recorded as witness to a charter by Walter, bishop of Glasgow, some time before 1232. Approximately twenty years later, in 1250, he was made Archdeacon of Theuidale and eventually, in 1268, he was made Bishop of Glasgow. After only two years of holding the position of bishop, he died, in the year 1270.
Early History of the Mavity family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mavity research.Another 110 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1348, 1467, 1553, 1604, 1553, 1604, 1795, 1883, 1815 and 1870 are included under the topic Early Mavity History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Mavity Spelling Variations
The many spelling variations
in Medieval Scottish names result from the fact that scribes in that era spelled words according to sound. Translation too, was an undeveloped science, and many names were altered into complete obscurity. Over the years Mavity has been spelled Moffatt, Maffat, Maffett, Maffet, Moffat, Moffet, Moffett, Moffert, Moffertt, Moffit, Moffitt, Merphet, Merphett, Merfet, Merfett, Murphat, Murphatt, Murphet, Murphett, Muffat, Muffatt, Muffett, Muffet, Muffit and many more.
Early Notables of the Mavity family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family at this time was Thomas Muffet (also Moufet, Mouffet, or Moffet) (1553-1604), an English naturalist and physician, best known for his Puritan beliefs, his study of insects in regard to medicine; and Robert Moffat (1795-1883). Starting off as a gardener, he decided to become a missionary... Another 49 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Mavity Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Mavity family to Ireland
Some of the Mavity family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 70 words (5 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 Mavity family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the uncertainties and discrimination faced in Scotland
, many decided to head out for North America. Once they arrived, many Scots fought with relish in the American War of Independence; some went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Many ancestors of these Scots have recovered their lost national heritage in the 20th century through Clan
organizations and Scottish historical societies. Among the settlers to North America were:
Mavity Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Arthur Dennis Mavity, aged 31, who emigrated to the United States from Crondle, England, in 1915
- Helen Celea Mavity, aged 21, who settled in America from Purley, England, in 1915
Contemporary Notables of the name Mavity (post 1700)
- Abigail Elizabeth Mavity (b. 1993), American Young Artist Award nominated actress
- John L. Mavity, American politician, Member of Georgia State House of Representatives from Walker County, 1937-38, 1941-44, 1947-48 CITATION[CLOSE]
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- Roger Mavity, British businessman, writer and photographer
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