from whom the MacElhatten family descends began among the ancient Dalriadan kingdom of the west coast of Scotland
. Their name comes from a devotion to St. Catan,
a saint of whom little is known but who was revered throughout the west coast of Scotland
between the islands of Bute
. The Gaelic form of the name was Mac Gille Chatain,
which means son of St. Catan's servant.
Early Origins of the MacElhatten family
The surname MacElhatten was first found in the area of Argyllshire
on the Isle of Bute
, and literally translated means the "servant of St. Catan," the patron saint of Bute, Skye
, Gigha. St. Catan was said to have lived at the Abbey of Inchaffray on the isle of Skye.
Early History of the MacElhatten family
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MacElhatten Spelling Variations
Historical recordings of the name MacElhatten include many spelling variations
. They are the result of repeated translations of the name from Gaelic to English and inconsistencies in spelling rules. They include McIlhatton, McElhatton, McElhatten, McGillecattan, McIlchattan, McHilhatton, Makelatyn, Macklehatton, McHatton and many more.
Early Notables of the MacElhatten family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the MacElhatten family to Ireland
Some of the MacElhatten family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 47 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the MacElhatten family to the New World and Oceana
Significant portions of the populations of both the United States and Canada are still made up of the ancestors of Dalriadan families. Some of those in Canada originally settled the United States, but went north as United Empire Loyalists in the American War of Independence
. The late 19th and early 20th centuries saw the ancestors of many Scots on both sides of the border begin to recover their collective national heritage through Clan
societies and highland games. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: James McElhatten settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1866; Arthur, Alexander, Cornelius, and John McIlhattan and McIlhatten settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1860 and 1866.