MacWittay History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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On the Scottish west coast, the MacWittay family was born among the ancient Dalriadan clans. Their name 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 MacWittay family
The surname MacWittay 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 MacWittay family
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MacWittay Spelling Variations
In the Middle Ages, the translation between Gaelic and English was not a highly developed process. Spelling was not yet standardized, and so, an enormous number of spelling variations appear in records of early Scottish names. MacWittay has appeared as MacVittie, MacVittye, MacVittae, MacWittie, MacWitty and many more.
Early Notables of the MacWittay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the MacWittay family
These settlers arrived in North America at a time when the east was burgeoning with prosperous colonies and the expanses of the west were just being opened up. The American War of Independence was also imminent. Some Scots stayed to fight for a new country, while others who remained loyal went north as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of them went on to rediscover their heritage in the 20th century through highland games and other patriotic Scottish events. The MacWittay were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Alan MacWittie who settled in New England in 1685; Duncan McVittie arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1775.