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Where did the Scottish McWhirt family come from? What is the Scottish McWhirt family crest and coat of arms? When did the McWhirt family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the McWhirt family history?

The McWhirt surname is an Anglicized form of the Gaelic "Mac Chruiteir," a patronymic created from the occu;ational byname "Cruiteir, " or "a player of the crwth."

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Spelling variations of this family name include: MacWhirter, MacWhorter, MacQuirter, MacWherter, MacChruiter, MacWater, McWhirter, McWhirter, MacQuarter, MacChurter and many more.

First found in Ayrshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Àir), formerly a county in the southwestern Strathclyde region of Scotland, that today makes up the Council Areas of South, East, and North Ayrshire, 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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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McWhirt research. Another 157 words(11 lines of text) covering the year 1526 is included under the topic Early McWhirt History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early McWhirt Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the McWhirt family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 264 words(19 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McWhirt Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Thomas McWhirt, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1830

McWhirt Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Charles W McWhirt, who emigrated to America, in 1907

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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: Te Deum laudamus
Motto Translation: We praise thee, O God.

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The McWhirt Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McWhirt 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.

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