On the Scottish west coast, the McWethy family was born among the ancient Dalriadan clans. Their name comes from the personal name Murdo.
The Gaelic form of the surname was Mac Mhurchaidh,
meaning son of Murdo.
The name Murdo
is equivalent to Murdock,
and means sea warrior.
Early Origins of the McWethy family
The surname McWethy was first found in south Uist, in the Outer Hebrides
(Gaelic: Na h-Eileanan Siar), in the present day Council Area of Western Isles, a region controlled by the Norwegians prior to the Treaty of Perth in 1266, 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 Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
Early History of the McWethy family
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McWethy Spelling Variations
In various documents McWethy has been spelled Since medieval scribes still spelled according to sound, records from that era contain an enormous number of spelling variations
. MacMurchie, MacMurchy, MacUrchie, MacWurchie, MacWorthy, MacVurchie, Murchie and many more.
Early Notables of the McWethy family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the McWethy family to the New World and Oceana
Significant portions of the populations of both the United States and Canada are still made up of the ancestors of Dalriadan families. Some of those in Canada originally settled the United States, but went north as United Empire Loyalists in the American War of Independence
. The late 19th and early 20th centuries saw the ancestors of many Scots on both sides of the border begin to recover their collective national heritage through Clan
societies and highland games. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: Finlay McMurchie, his wife Catherine, and their five children, who settled in Wilmington, NC in 1774; Hugh McMurchie, his wife Elizabeth, and their five children, who arrived in Wilmington, North Carolina in 1774.
Contemporary Notables of the name McWethy (post 1700)
- John Fleetwood McWethy (1947-2008), American five-time Emmy Award winning journalist
- Edgar Lee McWethy Jr. (1944-1967), United States Army soldier, recipient of the Medal of Honor for his actions in the Vietnam War
The McWethy Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Per mare per terras
Motto Translation: By sea and by land.