islands and the west coast of Scotland
are the ancestral home of the MacHilhaton family. 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 MacHilhaton family
The surname MacHilhaton 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 MacHilhaton family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacHilhaton research.Another 121 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1424, 1465, 1672, 1670 and 1685 are included under the topic Early MacHilhaton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
MacHilhaton Spelling Variations
Medieval translation of Gaelic names could not be referred to as an accurate process. Spelling was not yet standardized, and names in documents from that era are riddled with spelling variations
. MacHilhaton has been written as McIlhatton, McElhatton, McElhatten, McGillecattan, McIlchattan, McHilhatton, Makelatyn, Macklehatton, McHatton and many more.
Early Notables of the MacHilhaton family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the MacHilhaton family to Ireland
Some of the MacHilhaton 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 MacHilhaton family to the New World and Oceana
Ancestors of many of the Dalriadan families who crossed the Atlantic still live along the east coast of the United States and Canada. Some Scottish settlers arrived in Canada during the American War of Independence
as United Empire Loyalists, while others stayed south to fight for a new nation. The descendants of Scottish settlers in both countries began to rediscover their heritage in the 19th and 20th centuries through Clan
societies and highland games. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name MacHilhaton or a variant listed above: James McElhatten settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1866; Arthur, Alexander, Cornelius, and John McIlhattan and McIlhatten settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1860 and 1866.