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Where did the Scottish McVitty family come from? What is the Scottish McVitty family crest and coat of arms? When did the McVitty family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the McVitty family history?

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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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.

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.


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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.

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

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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


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


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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.

This page was last modified on 27 February 2014 at 03:29.

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