MacQuiddy is a very old Scottish name that may even date back to the Dalriadan tribe of Scotland's western coast and Hebrides
islands. It comes from Veaty. Mac
means son of. MacVitti,
therefore, means son of Vitti.
Over time, the spelling of the name has changed, which is why the MacVitti is descended from Veaty.
Early Origins of the MacQuiddy family
The surname MacQuiddy was first found in Ayrshire
, and Galloway
where they held a family seat
from early times and their first records appeared on the census rolls taken by the ancient Kings of Scotland
to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
Early History of the MacQuiddy family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacQuiddy research.Another 104 words (7 lines of text) covering the year 1685 is included under the topic Early MacQuiddy History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
MacQuiddy Spelling Variations
are a very common occurrence in records of early Scottish names. They result from the repeated and inaccurate translations that many names went through in the course of various English occupations of Scotland
. MacQuiddy has been spelled MacVittie, MacVittye, MacVittae, MacWittie, MacWitty and many more.
Early Notables of the MacQuiddy family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the MacQuiddy family to the New World and Oceana
Numerous Scottish settlers settled along the east coast of the colonies that would become the United States and Canada. Others traveled to the open country of the west. At the time of the American War of Independence
, some remained in the United States, while those who remained loyal to the crown went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The highland games and Clan
societies that sprang up across North America in the 20th century have helped many Scots to recover parts of their lost traditions. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first MacQuiddys to arrive in North America: Alan MacWittie who settled in New England
in 1685; Duncan McVittie arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1775.