On the western coast of Scotland
and on the Hebrides
islands the McMath family was born among the ancient Dalriadan clans. Their name comes from the son of Matthew.
In Gaelic, the name was spelled M'Mhathain
The latter names in Gaelic were probably derived from Mac Mhathghamhuin
which means son of the bear.
Indeed, early references of the name have reference to the Scottish bear.
Early Origins of the McMath family
The surname McMath was first found in the Scottish Highlands were they could be found in Lochalsh, Lochcarron and Kintail. They are said to descend from Gilleoin of the ancient and royal house of Lorne. They gave their allegiance to the Clan
MacDonald, the Lord of the Isles. Kenneth MacMathan (Cormac Mac Mathian) was the constable of Eilean Donan castle and is recorded in most accounts of the invasion of King Haakon IV of Norway against Scotland
in the 13th century. One accounts suggests that McMathan and his clansmen fought under the Earl of Ross, defeating Haaken at Largs in 1263. There is a record of Kermac Macmaghan in Inverness, receiving 20 cows from the Earl of Ross in 1264.
Early History of the McMath family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McMath research.Another 835 words (60 lines of text) covering the years 1263, 1400, 1411, 1427, 1498, 1514, 1427, 1600, 1539, 1570, 1631, 1688, 1715, 1719, 1820, 1851, 1683, 1796, 1878, 1851 and 1963 are included under the topic Early McMath History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
McMath Spelling Variations
In various documents McMath has been spelled Since medieval scribes still spelled according to sound, records from that era contain an enormous number of spelling variations
. Mathieson, MacMaghan, MacMathan MacMaken, Mathie, Mann and many more.
Early Notables of the McMath family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the Clan
from early times was Margaret Matson, one of two women tried in Philadelphia for witchcraft in 1683; Sir James Nicolas Sutherland
Matheson (1796-1878), born in Shiness, Lairg, who made a great fortune in the opium trade, and was created the 1st Baronet
in 1851. His... Another 70 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McMath Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the McMath family to Ireland
Some of the McMath family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the McMath family to the New World and Oceana
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 McMath or a variant listed above:
McMath Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Agnes S. McMath, aged 17, who emigrated to the United States from Oldham, in 1897
- Alice N. McMath, aged 11, who landed in America from Oldham, in 1897
McMath Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Geo. McMath, aged 23, who landed in America from Scotland, in 1902
- Agnes McMath, aged 21, who emigrated to America from Derry, Ireland, in 1907
- Jessie McMath, aged 26, who emigrated to America from Girvan, Scotland, in 1907
- Agnes McMath, aged 26, who landed in America from Girvan, Scotland, in 1909
- Herbert McMath, aged 31, who settled in America, in 1919
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McMath Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- David McMath, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mermaid" in 1859
Contemporary Notables of the name McMath (post 1700)
- Robert C. "Bob" McMath Jr. (b. 1944), American historian and academic, Dean of the Honors College of the University of Arkansas
- Virginia McMath (1911-1995), birth name of Ginger Rogers, American Academy Award winning actress, dancer, and singer who made 73 films, best known for her acting and dancing roles with Fred Astaire
- Major General Sidney Sanders "Sid" McMath (1912-2003), American decorated U.S. Marine and politician, 34th Governor of Arkansas (1949-1953)
- Robert Raynolds McMath (1891-1962), American solar astronomer, awarded the Franklin Institute's John Price Wetherill Medal in 1933
- Herbert Louis "Herb" McMath (b. 1954), former American NFL football defensive tackle and defensive end from Coahoma, Mississippi
- Jimmy Lee McMath (1949-2010), American Major League Baseball player
- Francis Charles McMath (1867-1938), American engineer and amateur astronomer, eponym of the McMath lunar crater
- Paula McMath, Canadian singer-songwriter
The McMath 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: Fac et Spera
Motto Translation: Do and hope.