MacEttrick History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The saga of the name MacEttrick begins among the Viking settlers who arrived in Scotland in the medieval era. The name MacEttrick is 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 MacEttrick family
The surname MacEttrick 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 MacEttrick family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacEttrick research. Another 106 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1000, 1376, 1643 and are included under the topic Early MacEttrick History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
MacEttrick Spelling Variations
Contemporary spellings of ancient Scottish names often bear little resemblance to the original recorded versions. These spelling variations result from the fact that medieval scribes spelled words and names alike according to their sounds. MacEttrick has been spelled MacKettrick, Kettrick, Kitterick, MacKitterick, MacEtterick, McKettrick, McKetrick, Ketterick and many more.
Early Notables of the MacEttrick family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the MacEttrick family to Ireland
Some of the MacEttrick family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Migration of the MacEttrick family
The colonies on the fertile east coast of North America soon had many farms run by Scots. These hardy settlers provided a backbone for the great nations of the United States and Canada that would emerge in the next centuries. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Scottish name MacEttrick or a variant listed above, including: 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.