The old Scottish-Dalriadan name MacElhattent is derived 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 MacElhattent family
The surname MacElhattent 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 MacElhattent family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacElhattent research.Another 121 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1424, 1465, 1672, 1670 and 1685 are included under the topic Early MacElhattent History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
MacElhattent Spelling Variations
Translation in medieval times was an undeveloped science and was often carried out without due care. For this reason, many early Scottish names appeared radically altered when written in English. The spelling variations
of MacElhattent include McIlhatton, McElhatton, McElhatten, McGillecattan, McIlchattan, McHilhatton, Makelatyn, Macklehatton, McHatton and many more.
Early Notables of the MacElhattent family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the MacElhattent family to Ireland
Some of the MacElhattent 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 MacElhattent family to the New World and Oceana
These settlers arrived in North America at a time when the east was burgeoning with prosperous colonies and the expanses of the west were just being opened up. The American War of Independence
was also imminent. Some Scots stayed to fight for a new country, while others who remained loyal went north as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of them went on to rediscover their heritage in the 20th century through highland games and other patriotic Scottish events. The MacElhattent were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: James McElhatten settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1866; Arthur, Alexander, Cornelius, and John McIlhattan and McIlhatten settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1860 and 1866.