McWatty comes from the ancient Dalriadan clans of Scotland's west coast and Hebrides
islands. The name 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 McWatty family
The surname McWatty 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 McWatty family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McWatty research.Another 253 words (18 lines of text) covering the year 1620 is included under the topic Early McWatty History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
McWatty Spelling Variations
The translation of Gaelic names in the Middle Ages was not a task undertaken with great care. Records from that era show an enormous number of spelling variations
, even in names referring to the same person. Over the years McWatty has appeared as MacWatt, MacWattie, MacWatters, MacQuattie, MacVatt and many more.
Early Notables of the McWatty family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the McWatty family to Ireland
Some of the McWatty 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 McWatty family to the New World and Oceana
Many of the ancestors of Dalriadan families who arrived in North America still live in communities along the east coast of Canada and the United States. In the American War of Independence
many of the original settlers traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries the ancestors of many Scots began recovering their collective national heritage through Clan
societies, highland games, and other patriotic events. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name McWatty or a variant listed above: George McWatters settled in Philadelphia in 1847; B. McWattey settled in San Francisco in 1752; John and Jane McWhatey settled in New York State in 1811.