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The McWhirter 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 ņir), 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 McWhirter research. Another 157 words (11 lines of text) covering the year 1526 is included under the topic Early McWhirter History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the McWhirter 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:

McWhirter Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • George McWhirter, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746
  • Thomas McWhirter, who settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1767

McWhirter Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Robert McWhirter, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1848
  • Peter McWhirter, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1850
  • Alexander McWhirter, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1854

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  • Julie McWhirter (b. 1947), American voice actress, best known for her work as Kanga in "Winnie the Pooh and a Day for Eeyore"
  • John McWhirter, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Kentucky, 1908
  • Norrie McWhirter (b. 1969), Scottish footballer
  • John McWhirter RA (1839-1911), Scottish landscape painter
  • William McWhirter (1851-1933), Scottish engineer, inventor of a combined voltmeter and ammeter, founder of MacWhirter Limited
  • Alan Ross McWhirter (1925-1975), British cofounder of Guinness World Records; brother of Norris McWhirter
  • Norris Dewar McWhirter CBE (1925-2004), British writer and political activist; cofounder of the Guinness World Records, brother of Ross McWhirter
  • John McWhirter, British mathematician and engineer
  • George McWhirter (b. 1939), Irish-born, Canadian writer, Vancouverís first Poet Laureate
  • Douglas McWhirter (1886-1966), English Olympic gold medalist football player

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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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  6. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  7. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  8. Browne, James. The History of Scotland it's Highlands, Regiments and Clans 8 Volumes. Edinburgh: Francis A Niccolls & Co, 1909. Print.
  9. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  10. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and Don Pottinger. Clan Map Scotland of Old. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1983. Print.
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The McWhirter Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McWhirter 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.

This page was last modified on 14 January 2016 at 09:15.

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