McNaughten History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the McNaughten family

The surname McNaughten was first found in Clare (Irish: An Clár) located on the west coast of Ireland in the province of Munster, where they held a family seat as an important Dalcassian sept of the Ui Maine related to the Mulallys. The Lallys and the O'Naghtens were in turn chiefs of the Moenmoy from which they were driven in the English invasion of 1172. They settled in Tollendal where they became tenants of Lord Bermingham. Here they became Chiefs of the Fews. Neachtan, the progenitor, about 850 A.D., was the grandson of Aeneas Lally. Irish history was greatly influenced by the Norman invasion of 1172, and thereafter, the surnames of Irish Gaelic clanns and septs and many of the Norman families became almost indistinguishable. Great confusion reigns between the Scottish Clan McNaughten (vide). Some learned scholars of the Irish McNaghtens claim to be descended of the Pictish race, being one of three clans of the old Maormors of Moray, Kings of the Picts who claimed title to the Kingdom of Scotland. Descended from Neachtan by five generations was Connor Catha Brian O'Neachtain who fought beside Brian Boru at Clontarf in 1014.

Early History of the McNaughten family

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McNaughten Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Naughten, Nachtain, McNaughten, Naughton, Naghten, McNaughton, Norton, Naughtan, Nochtin, Nochton, Knochton, Connaughten, Connaughton, O'Naughton, O'Naghten, O'Nachten, McNaghten and many more.

Early Notables of the McNaughten family (pre 1700)

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United States McNaughten migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McNaughten Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Malcolm and Martha McNaughten, who settled in the Carolinas in 1806
  • Malcolm McNaughten, who settled in America in 1806
  • Martha McNaughten, who settled in America in 1806
  • Malcolm McNaughten, who arrived in America in 1806 [1]
  • Martha McNaughten, who landed in America in 1806 [1]
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  1. ^ 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)


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