The old Scottish-Dalriadan name McQuitty is derived from Veaty. Mac
means son of. MacVitti,
therefore, means son of Vitti.
Over time, the spelling of the name has changed, which is why the MacVitti is descended from Veaty.
Early Origins of the McQuitty family
The surname McQuitty was first found in Ayrshire
, and Galloway
where they held a family seat
from early times and their first records appeared on the census rolls taken by the ancient Kings of Scotland
to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
Early History of the McQuitty family
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McQuitty Spelling Variations
Translation in medieval times was an undeveloped science and was often carried out without due care. For this reason, many early Scottish names appeared radically altered when written in English. The spelling variations
of McQuitty include MacVittie, MacVittye, MacVittae, MacWittie, MacWitty and many more.
Early Notables of the McQuitty family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the McQuitty family to the New World and Oceana
These settlers arrived in North America at a time when the east was burgeoning with prosperous colonies and the expanses of the west were just being opened up. The American War of Independence
was also imminent. Some Scots stayed to fight for a new country, while others who remained loyal went north as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of them went on to rediscover their heritage in the 20th century through highland games and other patriotic Scottish events. The McQuitty were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Alan MacWittie who settled in New England
in 1685; Duncan McVittie arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1775.
Contemporary Notables of the name McQuitty (post 1700)
- Donald R. McQuitty, American Democratic nominee for the Missouri House of Representatives in 1982
- Marvin McQuitty (1966-2012), American gospel drummer who worked with pop artists like Stevie Wonder, Jessica Simpson and Destiny's Child