McQuater History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the McQuater family

The surname McQuater was first found in Ayrshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Àir), formerly a county in the southwestern Strathclyde region of Scotland. The name was originally in Gaelic MacBhaltair, and literally translates as 'son of Walter .' Some of the first records of the family in Scotland were John Makwatter and Ewin McWalter, followers of the Earl of Cassilis, who were respited for murder in 1526. Later, John Graham McWalter in Duchry was fined for reset of outlawed Macgregors in 1613 as was Parian M'Walter of Auchinvennell in 1619. [1]

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'.

Over on the Isle of Man, Qualtrough is "contracted from Mac Walter, 'Walter's Son'. Thomas MacWalter, was constable of Bunfinn, A.D. 1308. In Rushen and Arbory half the population is called either Qualtrough or Watterson, and in Malew one fourth." [2]

Early History of the McQuater family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McQuater research. Another 106 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1621, 1628, 1675, 1665, 1684, 1667, 1663 and 1684 are included under the topic Early McQuater History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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United States 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


  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. ^ Moore, A.W., Manx Names. London: Elliot Stock, 62 Paternoster Row, 1906. Print


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