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Where did the Scottish Maitland family come from? What is the Scottish Maitland family crest and coat of arms? When did the Maitland family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Maitland family history?

From the historical and enchanting region of Scotland emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Maitland family name. Originally, the Scottish people were known only by a single name. Surnames evolved during the Middle Ages when people began to assume an extra name to avoid confusion and to further identify themselves. The Maitland surname is generally thought to derive from the Anglo-Norman French word "maltalent," or "mautalent," meaning "bad temper," in turn from the Late Latin "malum," meaning "bad," and "talentum," meaning "inclination," or "disposition." As such, the surname is said to be a nickname surname; originally used for someone with this characteristic. However, there was also a place called Mautalant in Pontorson, France, which may have been a source for the surname.


Spelling variations of this family name include: Maitland, Matland, Maltland, Maltalent, Matlain and others.

First found in Berwickshire an ancient county of Scotland, presently part of the Scottish Borders Council Area, located in the eastern part of the Borders Region of Scotland, where they came from England following 1066. Instances of the name were fairly common in Northumberland during the 12th and 13th centuries. One reference claims the name was thought to have been derived from a place in the parish of Inveresk in the county of Edinburgh called Magdalen Pans, which evolved to Maitland Pans, from a chapel dedicated to St. Mary Magdalen, which formerly stood there.[1] Whatever the origin, it seems the first on record in Scotland was Thomas de Matalant, who was settled in Berwick during the reign of William the Lion, King of Scots from 1165 to 1214.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Maitland research. Another 431 words(31 lines of text) covering the years 1525, 1573, 1568, 1595, 1587, 1645, 1624, 1745, 1486, 1586, 1537, 1595, 1590, 1586, 1645, 1616, 1682, 1620, 1691, 1653, 1695, 1655, 1710 and are included under the topic Early Maitland History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 203 words(14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Maitland Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Maitland family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 89 words(6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Maitland Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Maitland, who was banished to the American Plantations in 1684
  • Andrew Maitland, who arrived in New Jersey in 1685
  • Andrew Maitland, who landed in New Jersey in 1685
  • William Maitland, who came to Georgia in 1698

Maitland Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Alexander Maitland, who arrived in America in 1739
  • Richard Maitland, who came to New York in 1766
  • James Maitland, who settled in Jamaica in 1773
  • David Maitland, who came to New York in 1794

Maitland Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Anne, Mary, Thomas, William, John Maitland, who all settled in Philadelphia in 1804
  • Ann Maitland, aged 56, arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1804
  • Wm Maitland, who landed in New York, NY in 1811
  • Archibald Maitland, aged 25, landed in New York in 1812
  • Mrs. Maitland, aged 18, landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1847

Maitland Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Richard Maitland, who arrived in Quebec in 1762

Maitland Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Alexander Maitland arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Constance" in 1848
  • Catherin Maitland arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Constance" in 1848
  • Elizabeth Maitland arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Constance" in 1848
  • James Maitland arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Constance" in 1848
  • P.S. Maitland arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Childe Harold" in 1849

Maitland Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • T.H. Maitland arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ashburton" in 1857
  • Sarah Maitland arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Aloe" in 1863
  • Alexander Maitland arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Argyleshire" in 1870


  • Lester J. Maitland (1899-1990), American World War pilot and aviation pioneer
  • Sir Richard Maitland (1496-1586), Scottish lawyer and poet
  • Ian Colin Maitland (1891-1953), Scottish nobleman, member of the House of Lords (1931-1945), 15th Earl of Lauderdale, Viscount Lauderdale, Viscount Maitland, Lord Thirlestane and Boltoun, Baronet of Nova Scotia
  • Patrick Francis Maitland (1911-2008), Scottish politician, member of the UK Parliament, Hereditary Bearer of the National Flag of Scotland, Chief of the Clan Maitland, 17th Earl of Lauderdale, Viscount of Lauderdale, Viscount Maitland, and Lord Thirlestane & Bolton, and a Baronet of Nova Scotia
  • James Maitland (1759-1839), Scottish noble, 8th Earl of Lauderdale
  • Frederic William Maitland (1850-1906), English jurist and historian
  • William Maitland (1528-1573), "Secretary of Lethington"
  • Sir Thomas Maitland (1759-1824), British Army Lieutenant-General, colonial governor, and Member of the U.K. Parliament
  • Sir Peregrine Maitland (1777-1854), English soldier. and colonial administrator in Upper Canada and India
  • Dalrymple Maitland (1848-1919), English-born, Isle of Man judge, business leader and public official



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: Consillio et animis
Motto Translation: By skill and spirit.


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  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.

Other References

  1. Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
  2. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  3. Black, George F. The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3).
  4. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  5. Fulton, Alexander. Scotland and Her Tartans: The Romantic Heritage of the Scottish Clans and Families. Godalming: Bramley, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-86283-880-0).
  6. Scarlett, James D. Tartan The Highland Textile. London: Shepheard-Walwyn, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0-85683-120-4).
  7. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  8. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. The Charters of David I The Written Acts of David I King of Scots, 1124-53 and of His Son Henry, Earl of Northumerland, 1139-52. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 1999. Print.
  9. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  10. Donaldson, Gordon and Robert S. Morpeth. Who's Who In Scotish History. Wales: Welsh Academic Press, 1996. Print. (ISBN 186057-0054).
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The Maitland Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Maitland 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.

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