The surname McQuater was first found in Ayrshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Àir), formerly a county in the southwestern Strathclyde region of Scotland, that today makes up the Council Areas of South, East, and North Ayrshire, where they held a family seat. After the Norman Conquest of England many of Duke William's rebellious Barons moved north. The border became a convenient but turbulent no-man's land where the persecuted Many were given land by King Malcolm Canmore and later by King David of Scotland. Some were native Scots. In the 16th century they became known as the 'unruly clans'. In Ayrshire they were known as the men of Carrick. The name was first recorded in Scotland in 1526 when they were identified as followers of the Earl of Cassellis.
Important Dates for the McQuater family
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McQuater Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: MacWalter, MacWatter, MacQualter, MacQuatter, MacWater, MacQualtrough, Qualtrough, Qualters and many more.
Early Notables of the McQuater family (pre 1700)
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McQuater migration to the United States
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
McQuater Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Jake McQuater, aged 57, who settled in America, in 1903
Jane McQuater, aged 63, who immigrated to the United States from Ayr, Scotland, in 1908
Dougal McQuater, aged 42, who immigrated to the United States, in 1919
Contemporary Notables of the name McQuater (post 1700)
Thomas Mossie "Tommy" McQuater (1914-2008), Scottish jazz trumpeter
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