When the Strongbownians arrived in Ireland
, they encountered an established Irish system for creating hereditary surnames
. However, like the Irish, the Anglo-Norman Strongbownians frequently had patronymic
surnames, a form of surname that was formed from the name of the bearer's father, or another older relative. Therefore, since the Strongbownians' system was in many ways built on the same principles as the Irish, the two systems eventually attained a sort of merger. Since the Stronbownian's names often had Norman names which were French, diminutive suffixes, such as -ot, -et, -un, -in, or -el were added to the name of the bearer's father, or older relative. Another Norman way of creating a patronymic name was to use the prefix Fitz-, which was derived from the French word "fils," and ultimately from the Latin " filius
," both of which mean son. The surname McWhattin is derived from the personal name
Berold. In Munster
, the Gaelic form of the surname McWhattin is Baróid, while in Connacht
, the Gaelic form is Bairéid.
Early Origins of the McWhattin family
The surname McWhattin was first found in Lincolnshire
, where Matthew Baret was recorded between 1150 and 1155. The Barret family was also established in the English counties of Nottinghamshire
. However, they joined Strongbow
in his invasion of Ireland
in 1172 at the invitation of the King of Leinster
, Dermot McMurrough. Strongbow
granted lands to the family in County Cork
and County Mayo
where they became staunchly Irish.
Early History of the McWhattin family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McWhattin research.Another 91 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1691, 1415, 1400, 1400, 1410, 1412, 1693, 1631 and 1713 are included under the topic Early McWhattin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
McWhattin Spelling Variations
Since church officials and medieval scribes spelt each name as it sounded to them; as a result, a single person could accumulate many different versions of his name within official records. A close examination of the origins of the name McWhattin revealed the following spelling variations: Barrett, Barret, Barett, Baret, Barratt, Barrat, Barat, Baratt, McWhadden and many more.
Early Notables of the McWhattin family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family up to this time was Lord of Tirawley; Patrick Barrett (died 1415), an Irishman who held religious and secular high offices in Ireland
, an Augustinian Canon at Kells Priory in County Kilkenny
, Bishop of Ferns (appointed 1400), concentrated bishop at Rome (1400), Lord Chancellor... Another 47 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McWhattin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the McWhattin family to the New World and Oceana
Ireland's Great Potato Famine
left the country's inhabitants in extreme poverty and starvation. Many families left their homeland for North America for the promise of work, freedom and land ownership. Although the Irish were not free of economic and racial discrimination in North America, they did contribute greatly to the rapid development of bridges, canals, roads, and railways. Eventually, they would be accepted in other areas such as commerce, education, and the arts. An examination of immigration and passenger lists revealed many bearing the name McWhattin: Henry Barrett who settled in Virginia in 1652; Francis Barrett in Virginia in 1653; Patrick Barrett settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1789. In Newfoundland, John, of Poole, Dorset
, settled in Bread and Cheese Cove, around 1728.