Show ContentsEvatt History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The chronicles of the Evatt family reach back into Scottish history to an ancient tribe known as the Picts. The ancestors of the Evatt family lived on the lands of Eviot in Angus where the family has a long and distinguished history dating back to the early Middle Ages.

Early Origins of the Evatt family

The surname Evatt was first found in Perthshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Pheairt) former county in the present day Council Area of Perth and Kinross, where "Eviot of Balhousie was one of the oldest families connected with Perth and Angus. The history of the name has been obscured by the blunders of transcribers of early charters who almost uniformly mistook the second u for n. The name is territorial from Eviot in Angus. Willelmus Vniot granted seven acres in the territory of Inueramun to the church of S. Michael of Scone, c. 1190. Willelmus Vniec, perhaps the same person, witnessed a confirmation charter by William the Lion of the land of Ahenepobbel a. 1214. " [1]

Early History of the Evatt family

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Evatt Spelling Variations

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. Evatt has been written Eviot, Eviott, Evett, Evyot, Evyott, Evyotte and many more.

Early Notables of the Evatt family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the Clan at this time was Sir Alexander Huwyet who attested a charter by Henry de Graham c. 1230. Richard Ovyot was proprietor of Cassendally in Fife in the reign of David II. David Ovide was...
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Evatt Ranking

In the United States, the name Evatt is the 16,552nd most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [2]

United States Evatt migration to the United States +

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 Evatt:

Evatt Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Evatt, aged 20, who arrived in New York in 1812 [3]

Australia Evatt migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Evatt Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Edward Evatt, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "John Munn" in 1849 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Evatt (post 1700) +

  • Mike Evatt, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from South Carolina, 2008 [5]
  • Richard Evatt (1973-2012), nicknamed "Tiger," a British amateur and professional boxer in the super featherweight division
  • Elizabeth Andreas Evatt AC (b. 1933), Australian reformist lawyer and jurist, the first Chief Judge of the Family Court of Australia
  • Clive Raleigh Evatt QC (1900-1984), Australian politician, barrister and raconteur, Member of the New South Wales Parliament for Hurstville (1939-1959)
  • Ian Ross Evatt (b. 1981), English footballer who plays for Chesterfield
  • Dr. Herbert Vere Evatt QC KStJ (1894-1965), Australian judge, lawyer, parliamentarian and writer, Justice of the High Court of Australia (1930-1940), Chief Justice of New South Wales (1960-1962), 15th Leader of the Opposition (1951-1960)

  1. Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  3. 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)
  4. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) JOHN MUNN 1849. Retrieved from
  5. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 7) . Retrieved from on Facebook