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On the western coast of Scotland and on the Hebrides islands the McCarter family was born among the ancient Dalriadan clans. Their name comes from the Celtic personal name Arthur. It denotes the 'son of arthur', which means noble one.
The surname McCarter was first found in Argyllshire (Gaelic erra Ghaidheal), the region of western Scotland corresponding roughly with the ancient Kingdom of Dál Riata, in the Strathclyde region of Scotland, now part of the Council Area of Argyll and Bute, 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.
In various documents McCarter has been spelled Since medieval scribes still spelled according to sound, records from that era contain an enormous number of spelling variations. MacArthur, MacArtair, MacArter and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McCarter research. Another 319 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1427, 1767, and 1817 are included under the topic Early McCarter History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 81 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McCarter Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the McCarter family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 158 words (11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Dalriadan families proliferated in North America. Their descendants still populate many communities in the eastern parts of both the United States and Canada. Some settled in Canada as United Empire Loyalists, in the wake of the American War of Independence. Families on both sides of the border have recovered much of their heritage in the 20th century through Clan societies and highland games. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name McCarter or a variant listed above:
McCarter Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
McCarter Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
McCarter Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
McCarter Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
McCarter Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
McCarter Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
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: Fide et opera
Motto Translation: By fidelity and work.
The McCarter Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McCarter 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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