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

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

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

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Some of the McWhorter 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:

McWhorter Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Alexander McWhorter settled in America in 1730

McWhorter Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • A McWhorter, aged 29, arrived in South Carolina in 1812
  • Jno McWhorter, aged 24, landed in South Carolina in 1812
  • Thos McWhorter, aged 22, landed in South Carolina in 1812
  • Robert McWhorter, who arrived in Mobile County, Ala in 1850

McWhorter Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Mary F. McWhorter, aged 35, who emigrated to the United States from Limerick, in 1903
  • Mary F. McWhorter, aged 40, who landed in America, in 1909
  • Minnie McWhorter, aged 40, who settled in America, in 1910
  • Charles E. McWhorter, aged 9, who landed in America, in 1917
  • Elizabeth McWhorter, aged 3, who landed in America, in 1917


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  • Lucullus Virgil McWhorter (1860-1944), American archaeologist
  • Private First Class William A. McWhorter (1918-1944), American soldier awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1944
  • John Hamilton McWhorter V (b. 1965), American ling Uist and political commentator
  • Rebecca Diane McWhorter, American journalist and commentator awarded the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction


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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 McWhorter Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McWhorter 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 17 April 2015 at 10:25.

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