The descendents of Viking settlers in ancient Scotland
were the first to use the name MacKetrick. It 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 MacKetrick family
The surname MacKetrick 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 MacKetrick family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacKetrick research.Another 211 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1000, 1376, 1643 and are included under the topic Early MacKetrick History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
MacKetrick Spelling Variations
Intuition and sound were the primary sources medieval scribes used to judge appropriate spellings and translations for names. The spelling of a name thus varied according to who was doing the recording. The different spelling variations
of MacKetrick include MacKettrick, Kettrick, Kitterick, MacKitterick, MacEtterick, McKettrick, McKetrick, Ketterick and many more.
Early Notables of the MacKetrick family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the MacKetrick family to Ireland
Some of the MacKetrick 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 MacKetrick family to the New World and Oceana
In their new home, Scots found land and opportunity, and some even fought for their new freedom in the American War of Independence
. Some, who remained loyal to the crown went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In this century, the ancestors of both of these groups have begun recovering their illustrious national heritage through Clan
societies and other Scottish historical organizations. Early immigration and passenger lists indicate many people bearing the MacKetrick 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.