The story of the MacEttreck family stretches back through time to the Viking settlers who populated the rugged shores of Scotland
in the Medieval era. The name MacEttreck was derived from the Old Norse personal name Sigtryggr,
which literally means true victory.
The Gaelic form adopted for the surname is Mac Shitrig.
Early Origins of the MacEttreck family
The surname MacEttreck was first found in Galloway
(Gaelic: Gall-ghaidhealaibh), an area of southwestern Scotland
, now part of the Council Area of Dumfries and Galloway
, that formerly consisted of the counties of Wigtown
(West Galloway) and Kirkcudbright (East Galloway), 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 MacEttreck family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacEttreck research.Another 211 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1000, 1376, 1643 and are included under the topic Early MacEttreck History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
MacEttreck Spelling Variations
Standards used to judge the accuracy of spellings and translations did not yet exist in the Middle Ages. Spelling variations
in names dating from that era, are thus, an extremely common occurrence. MacEttreck has been recorded as MacKettrick, Kettrick, Kitterick, MacKitterick, MacEtterick, McKettrick, McKetrick, Ketterick and many more.
Early Notables of the MacEttreck family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the MacEttreck family to Ireland
Some of the MacEttreck family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 139 words (10 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 MacEttreck family to the New World and Oceana
The New World was far from the oppressive regime of the old country. It was a place where there was more land than people and political and religious freedom were far easier to come by. Many Scots even got the chance to fight for their freedom in the American War of Independence
. In recent years, interest in this heritage has been generated by Clan
societies and regular highland games in North America. An examination of early immigration and passenger lists has revealed many people bearing the MacEttreck name: Dr. John Kittredge (b. 1620), who arrived in America in 1660; G. B. Kitteredge, who arrived in San Francisco in 1852; F. M. Kitterage arrived in San Francisco in 1857.