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In the mountains of Scotland's west coast and on the Hebrides islands, the ancestors of the McWaters family were born. Their name comes from the names Wattie and Watty, both of which are pet forms of the personal name Walter. The Gaelic form of the name is Mac Bhaididh, which translates as son of Wattie or son of Watty.

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The surname McWaters was first found in Argyllshire (Gaelic erra Ghaidheal), the region of western Scotland corresponding roughly with the ancient Kingdom of Dál Riata, in the Strathclyde region of Scotland, now part of the Council Area of Argyll and Bute, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Scotland to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

In various documents McWaters has been spelled Since medieval scribes still spelled according to sound, records from that era contain an enormous number of spelling variations. MacWatt, MacWattie, MacWatters, MacQuattie, MacVatt and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McWaters research. Another 253 words (18 lines of text) covering the year 1620 is included under the topic Early McWaters 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 McWaters Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the McWaters family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 177 words (13 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McWaters Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James McWaters arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Dauntless" in 1840
  • Jane McWaters arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Dauntless" in 1840
  • Ellen McWaters arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Dauntless" in 1840
  • Stewart McWaters arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Dauntless" in 1840
  • Mary McWaters arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Dauntless" in 1840
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  • Jeffrey L. "Jeff" McWaters (b. 1956), American politician, Republican member of the Senate of Virginia (2010-)
  • William McWaters (1844-1875), American gunfighter from Missouri who rode with William Clarke Quantrill
  • Jeffrey L. McWaters, American Republican politician, Elected Virginia State Senate 8th District 2011
  • Alfred David McWaters, Australian politician, Mayor of Toowoomba, Queensland in 1916
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    Other References

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    9. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    10. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. The Charters of David I The Written Acts of David I King of Scots, 1124-53 and of His Son Henry, Earl of Northumerland, 1139-52. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 1999. Print.
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