MacArtain History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The root of the ancient Dalriadan-Scottish name MacArtain is the Celtic personal name Arthur. It denotes the 'son of arthur', which means noble one.

Early Origins of the MacArtain family

The surname MacArtain was first found in Argyllshire (Gaelic erra Ghaidheal), the region of western Scotland corresponding roughly with the ancient Kingdom of Dál Riata, in the Strathclyde region of Scotland, now part of the Council Area of Argyll and Bute, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the census rolls taken by the ancient Kings of Scotland to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Early History of the MacArtain family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacArtain research. Another 184 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1427, 1767, and 1817 are included under the topic Early MacArtain History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

MacArtain Spelling Variations

Historical recordings of the name MacArtain include many spelling variations. They include They are the result of repeated translations of the name from Gaelic to English and inconsistencies in spelling rules. MacArthur, MacArtair, MacArter and many more.

Early Notables of the MacArtain family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the Clan from early times was Alister MacArthur who was beheaded by James I in 1427; and John MacArthur of the Strachur branch (1767) who journeyed to Australia with the 102nd Regiment. He became actively involved in the development...
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Ireland Migration of the MacArtain family to Ireland

Some of the MacArtain family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the MacArtain family

Descendents of Dalriadan-Scottish families still populate many communities across North America. They are particularly common in Canada, since many went north as United Empire Loyalists at the time of the American War of Independence. Much later, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the highland games and Clan societies that now dot North America sprang up, allowing many Scots to recover their lost national heritage. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name MacArtain, or a variant listed above: Neil McArthur who settled in New York State in 1738 with his wife Mary Campbell and three children, Alexander, John, and Christian; Patrick McArthur also settled in New York State in 1738 with his wife Mary McDugall and children, Charles, Colin, and Jennet.



The MacArtain 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: Fide et opera
Motto Translation: By fidelity and work.


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