Moffitt History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The ancient Scottish name Moffitt was first used by the Strathclyde-Briton people of the Scottish/English Borderlands. The original bearer of the name lived in the place called Moffatt, in Scotland. The place-name is derived from the Gaelic words magh and fada, which mean field and long. Hence, the surname Moffitt means, from the long field.
Early Origins of the Moffitt family
The surname Moffitt was first found in Dumfriesshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Dhùn Phris), a Southern area, bordering on England that today forms part of the Dumfries and Galloway Council Area, at Annandale where the first on record was Nicholas de Mufet who began his life as a simple cleric and was first recorded as witness to a charter by Walter, bishop of Glasgow, some time before 1232. Approximately twenty years later, in 1250, he was made Archdeacon of Theuidale and eventually, in 1268, he was made Bishop of Glasgow. After only two years of holding the position of bishop, he died, in the year 1270.
Early History of the Moffitt family
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Moffitt Spelling Variations
Spelling and translation were hardly exact sciences in Medieval Scotland. Sound, rather than any set of rules, was the basis for spellings, so one name was often spelled different ways even within a single document. Spelling variations are thus an extremely common occurrence in Medieval Scottish names. Moffitt has been spelled Moffatt, Maffat, Maffett, Maffet, Moffat, Moffet, Moffett, Moffert, Moffertt, Moffit, Moffitt, Merphet, Merphett, Merfet, Merfett, Murphat, Murphatt, Murphet, Murphett, Muffat, Muffatt, Muffett, Muffet, Muffit and many more.
Early Notables of the Moffitt family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family at this time was Thomas Muffet (also Moufet, Mouffet, or Moffet) (1553-1604), an English naturalist and physician, best known for his Puritan beliefs, his study of insects in regard to medicine; and Robert Moffat (1795-1883). Starting off as a gardener, he decided to become a missionary...
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Migration of the Moffitt family to Ireland
Some of the Moffitt family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Moffitt migration to the United States +
Such hard times forced many to leave their homeland in search of opportunity across the Atlantic. Many of these families settled along the east coast of North America in communities that would become the backbones of the young nations of the United States and Canada. The ancestors of many of these families have rediscovered their roots in the 20th century through the establishment of Clan societies and other patriotic Scottish organizations. Among them:
Moffitt Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Thomas Moffitt, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1808 
- William Moffitt, who landed in Maryland in 1809 
- Robert Moffitt, who settled in Philadelphia in 1811
- Julia Moffitt, aged 25, who landed in New York in 1817 
- Alexander Moffitt, who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1820 
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Moffitt migration to Canada +
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Moffitt Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Nancy Moffitt, aged 35, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Billow" in 1833
- Robert Moffitt, aged 3, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Billow" in 1833
- Margaret Moffitt, aged 2, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Billow" in 1833
- John Moffitt, aged 6 months, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Billow" in 1833
Moffitt migration to Australia +
Emigration to Australia
followed the First Fleets
of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Moffitt Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Mr. Robert Moffitt who was convicted in Middlesex, England for life, transported aboard the "Bussorah Merchant" on 24th March 1828, arriving in New South Wales, Australia 
Moffitt migration to New Zealand +
Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:
Moffitt Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Ellen Moffitt, aged 39, a cook, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oxford" in 1874
- Mary Moffitt, aged 30, a servant, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oxford" in 1874
Contemporary Notables of the name Moffitt (post 1700) +
- John Moffitt (b. 1986), American NFL football offensive guard for the Seattle Seahawks
- John Moffitt (b. 1980), American silver medalist long jumper at the 2004 Summer Olympics
- Tom Moffitt (1884-1945), American track and field athlete who competed at the 1908 Summer Olympics
- John Moffitt, American Emmy Award winning television director
- Randall "Randy" James Moffitt (b. 1948), retired American Major League Baseball pitcher
- Jefferson Moffitt (1887-1954), American screenwriter and film director
- Billie Jean Moffitt (b. 1943), birth name of American tennis player, Billie Jean King
- Delmont Theodore Moffitt (1911-2001), American Republican politician, Member of Iowa State House of Representatives, 1961, 1972 
- David C. Moffitt, American politician, Mayor of Decatur, Illinois, 1893-94 
- Caleb G. Moffitt, American Republican politician, Mayor of Rockland, Maine, 1876-78 
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Related Stories +
- ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
- ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 5th November 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/bussorah-merchant
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html