The Dalriadan clans of ancient Scotland
spawned the ancestors of the Attee family. Their name comes from the Gaelic form Mac-an-Tsaoir,
which denotes son of the carpenter or wright.
Early Origins of the Attee family
The surname Attee was first found in on the Isle of Iona
, 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 Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
Early History of the Attee family
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Attee Spelling Variations
The medieval practice of spelling according to sound and repeated translation between Gaelic and English created many spelling variations
of the same name. Attee has been recorded as MacAteer, MacTear, MacTeir, MacTire, MacAtee, MacAtter, MacAttur and many more.
Early Notables of the Attee family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Attee family to Ireland
Some of the Attee family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Attee family to the New World and Oceana
Descendents of Dalriadan-Scottish families still populate many communities across North America. They are particularly common in Canada, since many went north as United Empire Loyalists at the time of the American War of Independence
. Much later, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the highland games and Clan
societies that now dot North America sprang up, allowing many Scots to recover their lost national heritage. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Attee, or a variant listed above: William MacAteer settled in Pennsylvania in 1772; Edward MacAtee settled in Philadelphia in 1864; Mark MacAtter settled in New York in 1811; James MacAttur settled in New York in 1811.
The Attee Motto
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: Per ardua
Motto Translation: Through difficulties.