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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.

Moffitt Early Origins



The surname Moffitt was first found in Dumfriesshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Dhn 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.

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Moffitt Spelling Variations


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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.

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Moffitt Early History


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Moffitt Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Moffitt research. Another 221 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1348, 1467, 1553, 1604, 1553, 1604, 1795, 1883, 1815 and 1870 are included under the topic Early Moffitt History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Moffitt Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Moffitt Early Notables (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...

Another 49 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Moffitt Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Moffitt In Ireland


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Moffitt In Ireland



Some of the Moffitt family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 127 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Such hard times forced many to leave their homeland in search of opportunity across the Atlanti c. 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 settled in Philadelphia in 1811
  • Julia Moffitt, aged 25, landed in New York in 1817
  • Alexander Moffitt, who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1820
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Moffitt Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Nancy Moffitt, aged 35, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Billow" in 1833
  • Robert Moffitt, aged 3, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Billow" in 1833
  • Margaret Moffitt, aged 2, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Billow" in 1833
  • John Moffitt, aged 6 months, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Billow" in 1833

Moffitt Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Ellen Moffitt, aged 39, a cook, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oxford" in 1874
  • Mary Moffitt, aged 30, a servant, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oxford" in 1874

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Contemporary Notables of the name Moffitt (post 1700)


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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
  • 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
  • Albert B. Moffitt, American politician, Member of California State Assembly 2nd District, 1883-85
  • F. J. Moffitt, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1892
  • ... (Another 14 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    2. Moody David. Scottish Family History. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0806312688).
    3. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. The Charters of David I The Written Acts of David I King of Scots, 1124-53 and of His Son Henry, Earl of Northumerland, 1139-52. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 1999. Print.
    4. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    5. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
    6. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and David Hicks. The Highland Clans The Dynastic Origins, Cheifs and Background of the Clans. New York: C.N. Potter, 1968. Print.
    7. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    8. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    9. Scarlett, James D. Tartan The Highland Textile. London: Shepheard-Walwyn, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0-85683-120-4).
    10. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    11. ...

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