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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."

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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.

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


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacWhirter research. 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.

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More information is included under the topic Early MacWhirter Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the MacWhirter family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 264 words (19 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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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  • 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 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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The MacWhirter Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The MacWhirter Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 13 February 2013 at 14:30.

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