The many centuries old Dalriadan-Scottish name McWatters comes 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 McWatters family
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.
Early History of the McWatters family
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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.
Early Notables of the McWatters family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the McWatters family to 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.
Migration of the McWatters family to the New World and Oceana
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, who landed in New York in 1812 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
- George McWatters, who settled in Philadelphia in 1847
Contemporary Notables of the name McWatters (post 1700)
- Garland McWatters, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Oklahoma 5th District, 2000 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 14) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- 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