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Origins Available: Irish, Scottish


In the mountains of Scotland's west coast and on the Hebrides islands, the ancestors of the McAtee family were born. Their name comes from the Gaelic form Mac-an-Tsaoir, which denotes son of the carpenter or wright.

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The surname McAtee was first found in on the Isle of Iona, 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 Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

In various documents McAtee has been spelled Since medieval scribes still spelled according to sound, records from that era contain an enormous number of spelling variations. MacAteer, MacTear, MacTeir, MacTire, MacAtee, MacAtter, MacAttur and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McAtee research. Another 127 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1372, 1564 and 1564 are included under the topic Early McAtee History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 25 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McAtee Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the McAtee family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 147 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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The descendants of the Dalriadan families who made the great crossing of the Atlantic still dot communities along the east coast of the United States and Canada. In the American War of Independence, many of the settlers traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Clan societies and highland games have allowed Canadian and American families of Scottish descent to recover much of their lost heritage. Investigation of the origins of family names on the North American continent has revealed that early immigrants bearing the name McAtee or a variant listed above include: William MacAteer settled in Pennsylvania in 1772; Edward MacAtee settled in Philadelphia in 1864; Mark MacAtter settled in New York in 1811; James MacAttur settled in New York in 1811.

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  • G Mcatee, American passenger from Los Angeles, California, USA, who flew aboard American Airlines Flight 191 and died in the crash on May 25, 1979
  • John Linus McAtee (1897-1963), American Hall of Fame jockey with 930 career wins
  • Allison McAtee, American actress
  • Samuel W. McAtee, American politician, Delegate to Iowa State Constitutional Convention from Davis County, 1844
  • L. J. McAtee, American politician, Mayor of Pendleton, Oregon, 1929
  • Rhodri McAtee, Welsh rugby union player
  • Norm Joseph McAtee (1921-2010), Canadian professional NHL ice hockey player who played with the Boston Bruins
  • Jerome F. "Jud" McAtee (b. 1920), Canadian retired professional NHL ice hockey player who played with the Detroit Red Wings
  • Michael James "Bub" McAtee (1845-1876), Major League Baseball player


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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: Per ardua
Motto Translation: Through difficulties.

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  2. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
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  7. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  8. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
  9. Skene, William Forbes Edition. Chronicles of the Picts, Chronicles of the Scots and Other Early Memorials of Scottish History. Edinburgh: H.M. General Register House, 1867. Print.
  10. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The McAtee Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McAtee 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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