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The Clan from whom the McVitty family descends began among the ancient Dalriadan kingdom of the west coast of Scotland. Their name comes 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.

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The surname McVitty 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.

Historical recordings of the name McVitty include many spelling variations. They are the result of repeated translations of the name from Gaelic to English and inconsistencies in spelling rules. They include MacVittie, MacVittye, MacVittae, MacWittie, MacWitty and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McVitty research. Another 239 words (17 lines of text) covering the year 1685 is included under the topic Early McVitty History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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More information is included under the topic Early McVitty Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Significant portions of the populations of both the United States and Canada are still made up of the ancestors of Dalriadan families. Some of those in Canada originally settled the United States, but went north as United Empire Loyalists in the American War of Independence. The late 19th and early 20th centuries saw the ancestors of many Scots on both sides of the border begin to recover their collective national heritage through Clan societies and highland games. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

McVitty Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Ellen McVitty, aged 21, who settled in America, in 1895

McVitty Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • William McVitty, aged 22, who emigrated to the United States from Donegal, in 1907
  • Francis McVitty, aged 20, who landed in America from Baronboy, Ireland, in 1911
  • Alice McVitty, aged 19, who landed in America from Baronboy, Ireland, in 1911
  • Ruth McVitty, aged 28, who emigrated to the United States, in 1913
  • Maude McVitty, aged 34, who settled in America from Leeds, England, in 1919
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McVitty Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • W. McVitty arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Tongariro" in 1888
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  • John McVitty (1926-1956), American NASCAR Grand National driver
  • Alexander McVitty, American politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly, 1920, 1921
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    Other References

    1. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
    2. Adam, Frank. Clans Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands 8th Edition. London: Bacon (G.W.) & Co, 1970. Print. (ISBN 10-0717945006).
    3. Skene, William Forbes Edition. Chronicles of the Picts, Chronicles of the Scots and Other Early Memorials of Scottish History. Edinburgh: H.M. General Register House, 1867. Print.
    4. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    5. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    6. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
    7. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    8. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
    9. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    10. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
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    The McVitty Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McVitty Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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