The McQuat family comes from the ancient Scottish Dalriadan clans of the mountainous west coast of Scotland
. The name McQuat is derived from the names Wattie
both of which are pet forms of the personal name Walter.
The Gaelic form of the name is Mac Bhaididh,
which translates as son of Wattie
or son of Watty.
Early Origins of the McQuat family
The surname McQuat was first found in Argyllshire
(Gaelic erra Ghaidheal), the region of western Scotland
corresponding roughly with the ancient Kingdom of Dál Riata, in the Strathclyde region of Scotland
, now part of the Council Area of Argyll and Bute
, 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 Scotland
to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
Early History of the McQuat family
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McQuat Spelling Variations
were extremely common in medieval names, since scribes from that era recorded names according to sound rather than a standard set of rules. McQuat has appeared in various documents spelled MacWatt, MacWattie, MacWatters, MacQuattie, MacVatt and many more.
Early Notables of the McQuat family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the McQuat family to Ireland
Some of the McQuat family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 177 words (13 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 McQuat 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 McQuat or a variant listed above: George McWatters settled in Philadelphia in 1847; B. McWattey settled in San Francisco in 1752; John and Jane McWhatey settled in New York State in 1811.