The first family to use the name Haggart lived among the Pictish people of ancient Scotland
. The name Haggart is derived from the Gaelic form Mac-an-t-sagairt,
which means son of the priest. Patronymic
names often substituted the name of a saint or other revered religious figure in place of a devout bearer's actual father. However, the patronym
Haggart often denotes actual paternity in this case, since the marriage of clerics in minor orders was permissible, although the marriage of priests was declared illegal and invalid during the 12th century.
Early Origins of the Haggart family
The surname Haggart was first found in Perthshire
(Gaelic: Siorrachd Pheairt) former county in the present day Council Area of Perth and Kinross, located in central Scotland
, 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.
Early History of the Haggart family
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Haggart 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. Haggart has appeared Haggard, Hagard, Hagger, Hagart, Haggart,Hager and many more.
Early Notables of the Haggart family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Haggart family to the New World and Oceana
Many Scottish families suffered enormous hardships and were compelled to leave their country of birth. They traveled to Ireland
, 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 Haggart:
Haggart Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Andrew Haggart, who arrived in New York in 1848
Contemporary Notables of the name Haggart (post 1700)
- Robert Sherwood "Bob" Haggart (1914-1998), American Dixieland jazz double bass player, composer, and arranger
- Malcolm Haggart, American politician, Candidate in primary for Mayor of East Detroit, Michigan, 1969 CITATION[CLOSE]
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- David Haggart (1801-1821), Scottish thief and rogue who was imprisoned six times, broke out of jail four times and ultimately hanged on July 18, 1821
- Alastair Iain Macdonald Haggart (1915-1998), eminent Scottish Anglican priest
- Alexander Haggart (1848-1927), Canadian lawyer, judge and politician who represented Winnipeg in the Canadian House of Commons from 1909 to 1911
- John Graham Haggart (1836-1913), Canadian politician, Canadian Postmaster General, Minister of Railways and Canals
The Haggart 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: Modeste conabor
Motto Translation: I will attempt moderately.