The McWatt family history stretches back to the clans of the Dalriadan kingdom on the sea-swept Hebrides
islands and mountainous western coast of Scotland
. The name McWatt is derived from the names Wattie
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.
Early Origins of the McWatt family
The surname McWatt 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.
Early History of the McWatt family
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McWatt Spelling Variations
Spelling in the medieval era was a highly imprecise process. Translation, particularly from Gaelic to English, was little better. For these reasons, early Scottish names are rife with spelling variations
. In various documents McWatt has been spelled MacWatt, MacWattie, MacWatters, MacQuattie, MacVatt and many more.
Early Notables of the McWatt family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the McWatt family to Ireland
Some of the McWatt 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.
Migration of the McWatt family to the New World and Oceana
Settlers from Scotland
put down roots in communities all along the east coast of North America. Some moved north from the American colonies to Canada as United Empire Loyalists during the American War of Independence
. As Clan
societies and highland games started in North America in the 20th century many Scots rediscovered parts of their heritage. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name McWatt were among those contributors:
McWatt Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- John McWatt, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1832