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

Findlater Early Origins



The surname Findlater was first found in Banffshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Bhanbh), former Scottish county located in the northeasterly Grampian region of Scotland, now of divided between the Council Areas of Moray and Aberdeenshire, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Findlater Spelling Variations


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Findlater 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. Findlater has been written Findlater, Finlater, Finlator, Finlaytor, Findlayter and many more.

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Findlater Early History


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Findlater Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Findlater research. Another 124 words (9 lines of text) covering the year 1366 is included under the topic Early Findlater History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Findlater Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Findlater Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Findlater Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Findlater In Ireland


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Findlater In Ireland



Some of the Findlater family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 99 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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 Findlater:

Findlater Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Findlater, who landed in Grenada in 1771
  • William Findlater settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1796

Findlater Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Alexander Findlater, aged 39, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Amazon"

Findlater Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Alexander Findlater, aged 39, arrived in Otago aboard the ship "Lady Nugent" in 1850
  • Elizabeth Findlater, aged 36, arrived in Otago aboard the ship "Lady Nugent" in 1850
  • Alexander Findlater, aged 15, arrived in Otago aboard the ship "Lady Nugent" in 1850
  • Eliza Leslie Findlater, aged 10, arrived in Otago aboard the ship "Lady Nugent" in 1850
  • James Turnbull Findlater, aged 8, arrived in Otago aboard the ship "Lady Nugent" in 1850
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Findlater (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Findlater (post 1700)



  • Rick Findlater, American Academy Award nominated makeup artist, known for his work on the The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films
  • Jonn J. Findlater, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 36th District, 1908
  • Irene F. Findlater, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1972
  • George E. Findlater, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from New York County 28th District, 1914
  • John Findlater (b. 1944), American actor from Los Angeles, California
  • Charles Findlater (1754-1838), Scottish agricultural writer and essayist
  • John Findlater (1926-2013), Scottish meteorologist, aviation expert and air crash investigator, awarded the Imperial Service Medal and twice awarded the LG Groves Memorial Prize
  • Andrew Findlater (1810-1885), Scottish editor, best known for his work on Chambers's Encyclopaedia
  • Mary Findlater (1865-1963), Scottish novelist, sister of Jane Findlater
  • Jane Findlater (1866-1946), Scottish novelist, known for her first book which was co-authored with her sister Mary, The Green Graves of Balgowrie
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Motto


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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: Sit mihi libertas
Motto Translation: Liberty be mine.


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
    2. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    3. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    4. Warner, Philip Warner. Famous Scottish Battles. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-004-4).
    5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    6. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    7. Urquhart, Blair Edition. Tartans The New Compact Study Guide and Identifier. Secauccus, NJ: Chartwell Books, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0-7858-0050-6).
    8. Adam, Frank. Clans Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands 8th Edition. London: Bacon (G.W.) & Co, 1970. Print. (ISBN 10-0717945006).
    9. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Scots Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Mordern Application of the Art and Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
    10. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
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    The Findlater Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Findlater Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 20 October 2015 at 11:32.

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