When the Strongbownians arrived in Ireland
, they encountered an established Irish system for creating hereditary surnames
. However, like the Irish, the Anglo-Norman Strongbownians frequently had patronymic
surnames, a form of surname that was formed from the name of the bearer's father, or another older relative. Therefore, since the Strongbownians' system was in many ways built on the same principles as the Irish, the two systems eventually attained a sort of merger. Since the Stronbownian's names often had Norman names which were French, diminutive suffixes, such as -ot, -et, -un, -in, or -el were added to the name of the bearer's father, or older relative. Another Norman way of creating a patronymic name was to use the prefix Fitz-, which was derived from the French word "fils," and ultimately from the Latin " filius
," both of which mean son. The surname MacWhatin is derived from the personal name
Berold. In Munster
, the Gaelic form of the surname MacWhatin is Baróid, while in Connacht
, the Gaelic form is Bairéid.
Early Origins of the MacWhatin family
The surname MacWhatin was first found in Lincolnshire
, where Matthew Baret was recorded between 1150 and 1155. The Barret family was also established in the English counties of Nottinghamshire
. However, they joined Strongbow
in his invasion of Ireland
in 1172 at the invitation of the King of Leinster
, Dermot McMurrough. Strongbow
granted lands to the family in County Cork
and County Mayo
where they became staunchly Irish.
Early History of the MacWhatin family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacWhatin research.Another 91 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1691, 1415, 1400, 1400, 1410, 1412, 1693, 1631 and 1713 are included under the topic Early MacWhatin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
MacWhatin Spelling Variations
It was found during an investigation of the origins of the name MacWhatin that church officials and medieval scribes often spelled the name as it sounded. This practice lead to a single person's being documented under many spelling variations
. The name MacWhatin has existed in the various shapes: Barrett, Barret, Barett, Baret, Barratt, Barrat, Barat, Baratt, McWhadden and many more.
Early Notables of the MacWhatin family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family up to this time was Lord of Tirawley; Patrick Barrett (died 1415), an Irishman who held religious and secular high offices in Ireland
, an Augustinian Canon at Kells Priory in County Kilkenny
, Bishop of Ferns (appointed 1400), concentrated bishop at Rome (1400), Lord Chancellor... Another 47 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early MacWhatin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the MacWhatin family to the New World and Oceana
In the 1840s, Ireland
experienced a mass exodus to North America due to the Great Potato Famine
. These families wanted to escape from hunger and disease that was ravaging their homeland. With the promise of work, freedom and land overseas, the Irish looked upon British North America and the United States as a means of hope and prosperity. Those that survived the journey were able to achieve this through much hard work and perseverance. Early immigration and passenger lists revealed many bearing the name MacWhatin: Henry Barrett who settled in Virginia in 1652; Francis Barrett in Virginia in 1653; Patrick Barrett settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1789. In Newfoundland, John, of Poole, Dorset
, settled in Bread and Cheese Cove, around 1728.
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