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Where did the Scottish McNaught family come from? What is the Scottish McNaught family crest and coat of arms? When did the McNaught family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the McNaught family history?

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Spelling variations of this family name include: MacNaught, MacNeight, MacNutt, MacNitt, MacNaght and many more.

First found in Dumfriesshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Dhn Phris), a Southern area, bordering on England that today forms part of the Dumfries and Galloway Council Area, 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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McNaught research. Another 173 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1400, 1606, and 1634 are included under the topic Early McNaught History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early McNaught Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the McNaught family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 228 words (16 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McNaught Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Patrick McNaught, who arrived in Virginia in 1705
  • Alexander McNaught and his wife Mary and four children, who settled in New York in 1738
  • Alexander McNaught, aged 23, landed in New York in 1774

McNaught Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Archibald McNaught, aged 26, arrived in South Carolina in 1812
  • James McNaught, aged 32, landed in Maine in 1812
  • James M McNaught, who arrived in Texas in 1850-1906
  • John McNaught, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1854
  • William McNaught, who landed in Massachusetts in 1855

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  • Brigadier-General Warren Henry McNaught (1894-1984), American Executive Officer Artillery 5th Division (1941-1942)
  • John Joseph McNaught (1921-1994), United States federal judge
  • Judith McNaught (b. 1944), American bestselling author
  • James Rankin McNaught (1870-1919), Scottish footballer
  • Willie McNaught (b. 1922), Scottish former football player
  • Ken McNaught (b. 1955), former Scottish footballer
  • Robert H. McNaught (b. 1956), Scottish-Australian astronomer
  • William McNaught (1813-1881), Scottish mechanical engineer and inventor
  • William Kirkpatrick McNaught (1845-1919), Canadian manufacturer and political figure
  • Kenneth William McNaught (1918-1997), Canadian historian

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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: Omnia fortunae committo
Motto Translation: I commit all things to fortune.

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  6. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
  7. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  8. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry Including American Families with British Ancestry 2 Volumes. London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  9. Fairbairn,. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  10. Black, George F. The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3).
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The McNaught Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McNaught 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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