Cratty History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Cratty was first used as a surname among the descendants of the ancient Scottish people known as the Picts. It was a name for a prosperous person. The Gaelic form of the surname Cratty is Mac Rath, which literally means son of grace or son of prosperity.
Early Origins of the Cratty family
The surname Cratty was first found in Inverness-shire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Nis) divided between the present day Scottish Council Areas of Highland and Western Isles, and consisting of a large northern mainland area and various island areas off the west coast, the shire was anciently both a Pictish and Norwegian stronghold, but their ancient history is often clouded with conjecture. It appears certain that they lived before the 14th century at Clunes, to the west of Inverness in the territories of the Fraser Clan. Consequently the family has always been friendly towards that Clan. From about 1400, they moved to the location with which they are readily associated, Kintail.
Early History of the Cratty family
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Cratty Spelling Variations
Repeated and inaccurate translation of Scottish names from Gaelic to English and back resulted in a wide variety of spelling variations with single names. Cratty has appeared MacCrae, MacCraith, MacCrath, MacCraw, MacCray, MacCrea, MacCree, MacCreight, MacCrie, MacReagh, MacRae, MacRay, MacRie and many more.
Early Notables of the Cratty family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the Clan at this time was Finghin MacCarthy Reagh (c.1425-1505), the 8th Prince of Carbery from 1477 to 1505, belonged to the MacCarthy Reagh dynasty; the Earl of Seaforth who forfeited his lands in 1715, but in 1764 was allowed to buy the lands back from the Government. In gratitude he offered to raise a regiment to be known as the Seaforth Highlanders (the 78th Regiment). Composed largely of MacKenzies and MacRaes (always loyal supporters of the MacKenzies whose Chief commanded the Regiment), it was embodied at Elgin in May 1778...
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Migration of the Cratty family to Ireland
Some of the Cratty family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Cratty migration to the United States +
Many Scottish families suffered enormous hardships and were compelled to leave their country of birth. They traveled to Ireland and Australia, but mostly to the colonies of North America, where many found the freedom and opportunity they sought. It was not without a fight, though, as many were forced to stand up and defend their freedom in the American War of Independence. The ancestors of these Scots abroad have rediscovered their heritage in the last century through the Clan societies and other organizations that have sprung up across North America. Immigration and passenger ship lists show some important early immigrants bearing the name Cratty:
Cratty Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Cornelius Cratty, who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1856 
- Margaret Cratty, aged 25, who immigrated to the United States from Roserea, in 1898
Cratty Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Annie Cratty, aged 49, who settled in America from Paisley, in 1901
- Mary Cratty, aged 20, who landed in America from Kilrush, in 1902
- Thomas Cratty, who settled in America, in 1903
- Florence Cratty, aged 9, who immigrated to the United States, in 1904
- Hedma Cratty, aged 1, who landed in America, in 1904
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Contemporary Notables of the name Cratty (post 1700) +
- Mabel Cratty (1868-1928), American educator, General Secretary of the National Board of the YWCA (1906-1928)
- Bill Cratty (1951-1998), American modern dancer and choreographer
- P. A. Cratty, American politician, Mayor of Belvidere, Illinois, 1935-38 
- Michael Cratty, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Vernon, 1920 
- Clem T. Cratty, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Ohio 4th District, 1986 
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The Cratty 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 Translation: With fortitude.
- ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 13) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html