McHilhaton is a very old Scottish name that may even date back to the Dalriadan tribe of Scotland's western coast and Hebrides
islands. It comes from a devotion to St. Catan,
a saint of whom little is known but who was revered throughout the west coast of Scotland
between the islands of Bute
. The Gaelic form of the name was Mac Gille Chatain,
which means son of St. Catan's servant.
Early Origins of the McHilhaton family
The surname McHilhaton was first found in the area of Argyllshire
on the Isle of Bute
, and literally translated means the "servant of St. Catan," the patron saint of Bute, Skye
, Gigha. St. Catan was said to have lived at the Abbey of Inchaffray on the isle of Skye.
Early History of the McHilhaton family
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McHilhaton Spelling Variations
are a very common occurrence in records of early Scottish names. They result from the repeated and inaccurate translations that many names went through in the course of various English occupations of Scotland
. McHilhaton has been spelled McIlhatton, McElhatton, McElhatten, McGillecattan, McIlchattan, McHilhatton, Makelatyn, Macklehatton, McHatton and many more.
Early Notables of the McHilhaton family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the McHilhaton family to Ireland
Some of the McHilhaton family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 47 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the McHilhaton family to the New World and Oceana
Numerous Scottish settlers settled along the east coast of the colonies that would become the United States and Canada. Others traveled to the open country of the west. At the time of the American War of Independence
, some remained in the United States, while those who remained loyal to the crown went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The highland games and Clan
societies that sprang up across North America in the 20th century have helped many Scots to recover parts of their lost traditions. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first McHilhatons to arrive in North America: James McElhatten settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1866; Arthur, Alexander, Cornelius, and John McIlhattan and McIlhatten settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1860 and 1866.