Early Origins of the McCarten family
County Down (Irish:An Dún) part of the Province of Ulster, in Northern Ireland, formerly known as county St Mirren, where they held a family seat from ancient times.
Early History of the McCarten family
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McCarten Spelling Variations
Pronunciation, rather than spelling, was what guided scribes and church officials in recording names, a practice that often led to the misleading result of one person's name being recorded under several different spellings. Numerous spelling variations of the surname McCarten are preserved in documents that were examined for evidence of the family's history. The various spellings of McCarten included MacCartan, MacCarten, MacCartain, Carton and others.
Early Notables of the McCarten family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the McCarten family to the New World and Oceana
The 19th century brought a massive reduction in Ireland's population. It seemed that during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s the Irish people had two options: starve or immigrate. Those that chose the later frequently headed for the United States, hopeful for land, work, and equality. Those determined for free land joined the migration west; while others stayed behind to live in urban centers and often work in factories. Still others began a transitory life in work camps, building the bridges, canals, railways, and highways so critical to the rapidly development of the growing industrial nation. Early passenger and immigration lists have shown many early immigrants bearing the name McCarten:
McCarten Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
McCarten Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
McCarten Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name McCarten (post 1700)
Suggested Readings for the name McCarten
The McCarten 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: Buailim se
Motto Translation: I Strike him.
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