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The many centuries old Dalriadan-Scottish name McWatters 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.

McWatters Early Origins



The surname McWatters 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.

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McWatters Spelling Variations


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McWatters Spelling Variations



Spelling and translation were not standardized practices until the last few centuries. Spelling variations are extremely common among early Scottish names. McWatters has been spelled MacWatt, MacWattie, MacWatters, MacQuattie, MacVatt and many more.

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McWatters Early History


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McWatters Early History



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

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McWatters Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McWatters Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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McWatters In Ireland


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McWatters In Ireland



Some of the McWatters 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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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Many who arrived from Scotland settled along the east coast of North America in communities that would go on to become the backbones of the young nations of the United States and Canada. In the American War of Independence, many settlers who remained loyal to England went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Their descendants later began to recover the lost Scottish heritage through events such as the highland games that dot North America in the summer months. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the McWatters family emigrate to North America:

McWatters Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William McWatters, aged 30, landed in New York in 1812
  • George McWatters settled in Philadelphia in 1847

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Contemporary Notables of the name McWatters (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name McWatters (post 1700)



  • Garland McWatters, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Oklahoma 5th District, 2000
  • Sir Arthur McWatters, British diplomat in the Indian Civil Service
  • Donald McWatters (b. 1941), Australian bronze medalist field hockey player at the 1964 Summer Olympics
  • Arnie McWatters, Canadian award winning, all-star and Grey Cup champion quarterback who played from 1935 through 1947, from Sarnia, Ontario
  • Steven McWatters (1921-2006), English headmaster and school teacher, son of Sir Arthur McWatters
  • George McWatters, Chairman of White Footwear

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and David Hicks. The Highland Clans The Dynastic Origins, Cheifs and Background of the Clans. New York: C.N. Potter, 1968. Print.
    2. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    3. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
    4. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    5. Bain, Robert. The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Glasgow & London: Collins, 1968. Print. (ISBN 000411117-6).
    6. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
    7. Urquhart, Blair Edition. Tartans The New Compact Study Guide and Identifier. Secauccus, NJ: Chartwell Books, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0-7858-0050-6).
    8. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry Including American Families with British Ancestry 2 Volumes. London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    9. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
    10. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
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    The McWatters Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McWatters 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 14 January 2016 at 09:12.

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