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The MacWhirter surname is an Anglicized form of the Gaelic "Mac Chruiteir," a patronymic created from the occu;ational byname "Cruiteir, " or "a player of the crwth."

Early Origins of the MacWhirter family


The surname MacWhirter was first found in Ayrshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Àir), formerly a county in the southwestern Strathclyde region of Scotland, that today makes up the Council Areas of South, East, and North Ayrshire, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Scotland to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

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Early History of the MacWhirter family

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Early History of the MacWhirter family


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Another 157 words (11 lines of text) covering the year 1526 is included under the topic Early MacWhirter History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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MacWhirter Spelling Variations

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MacWhirter Spelling Variations


Spelling variations of this family name include: MacWhirter, MacWhorter, MacQuirter, MacWherter, MacChruiter, MacWater, McWhirter, McWhirter, MacQuarter, MacChurter and many more.

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Early Notables of the MacWhirter family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the MacWhirter family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the MacWhirter family to Ireland

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Migration of the MacWhirter family to Ireland


Some of the MacWhirter family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the MacWhirter family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the MacWhirter family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Thomas McWhirter, who settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1767; Alexander McWhorter settled in 1730.

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Contemporary Notables of the name MacWhirter (post 1700)

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Contemporary Notables of the name MacWhirter (post 1700)


  • John MacWhirter (1839-1911), Scottish landscape painter
  • Iain Macwhirter, Scottish journalist with the Sunday Herald
  • John Macwhirter, President of the Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh

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The MacWhirter Motto

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The MacWhirter Motto


The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Te Deum laudamus
Motto Translation: We praise thee, O God.


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