Evitt History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The story of the Evitt family begins in ancient Scotland among the Pictish clans. The Evitt 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 Evitt family

The surname Evitt 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 Evitt family

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Evitt Spelling Variations

Translation has done much to alter the appearance of many Scottish names. It was a haphazard process that lacked a basic system of rules. Spelling variations were a common result of this process. Evitt has appeared Eviot, Eviott, Evett, Evyot, Evyott, Evyotte and many more.

Early Notables of the Evitt 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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United States Evitt migration to the United States +

Many Scots left their country to travel to the North American colonies in search of the freedom they could not find at home. Of those who survived the difficult voyage, many found the freedom they so desired. There they could choose their own beliefs and allegiances. Some became United Empire Loyalists and others fought in the American War of Independence. The Clan societies and highland games that have sprung up in the last century have allowed many of these disparate Scots to recover their collective national identity. A search of immigration and passenger ship lists revealed many early settlers bearing the Evitt name:

Evitt Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Arthur Evitt, who settled in Nevis in 1654
  • Arthur Evitt, who landed in Maryland in 1664 [2]
Evitt Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Ann Evitt and Elizabeth settled in New England in 1806
  • Stephen Evitt, who settled in Philadelphia in 1836
  • Edward Evitt, who arrived in New York, NY in 1845 [2]

Australia Evitt migration to Australia +

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

Evitt Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Margaret Evitt, aged 20, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Aliquis"
  • Thomas Evitt, aged 22, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "North"

New Zealand Evitt migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Evitt Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • A. W. Evitt, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Surat" in 1864

Contemporary Notables of the name Evitt (post 1700) +

  • Jim Evitt Jr., American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Georgia, 1944 [3]


  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. ^ 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)
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 12) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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