McNaught History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the McNaught family

The surname McNaught was first found in Dumfriesshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Dhùn Phris), a Southern area, bordering on England that today forms part of the Dumfries and Galloway Council Area. The name is "a variant of Macnaught (of Kilquhanite, Galloway)" [1]

Early History of the McNaught family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McNaught research. Another 154 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1357, 1448, 1473, 1519, 1400, 1606, 1634, 1612, 1617, 1634, 1646 and 1718 are included under the topic Early McNaught History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McNaught Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the McNaught family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family at this time was John McKnawcht, Burgess of Edinburgh in 1612. He may be the same person as John M'Nacht, merchant burgess in the parish of Kirkpatrick- Durham in...
Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McNaught Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the McNaught family to Ireland

Some of the McNaught family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 124 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States McNaught migration to the United States +

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 [2]
  • Alexander McNaught and his wife Mary and four children, who settled in New York in 1738
  • Alexander McNaught, aged 23, who landed in New York in 1774 [2]
McNaught Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Archibald McNaught, aged 26, who arrived in South Carolina in 1812 [2]
  • James McNaught, aged 32, who landed in Maine in 1812 [2]
  • James M McNaught, who arrived in Texas in 1850-1906 [2]
  • John McNaught, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1854 [2]
  • William McNaught, who landed in Massachusetts in 1855 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name McNaught (post 1700) +

  • Brigadier-General Warren Henry McNaught (1894-1984), American Executive Officer Artillery 5th Division (1941-1942) [3]
  • John Joseph McNaught (1921-1994), United States federal judge
  • Judith McNaught (b. 1944), American bestselling author
  • William McNaught, American politician, Socialist Labor Candidate for U.S. Representative from Missouri 13th District, 1944, 1948
  • Robert M. McNaught, American Republican politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Kings County 2nd District, 1936
  • John S. McNaught, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Delaware County 2nd District, 1879
  • C. E. McNaught, American politician, Candidate for Minnesota State Senate 9th District, 1926
  • Andrew J. McNaught (b. 1943), American Republican politician, Chair of Delaware County Republican Party, 1910;Justice of New York Supreme Court 6th District, 1933-43
  • James Rankin McNaught (1870-1919), Scottish footballer
  • Willie McNaught (b. 1922), Scottish former football player
  • ... (Another 9 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


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


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2013, May 9) Warren McNaught. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/McNaught/Warren_Henry/USA.html


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