The rugged terrain and rich ancestry of Scotland
forms the backdrop to the origins of Mouatt family surname. In Scotland
, hereditary surnames
were adopted according to fairly general rules during the late Middle Ages. The Mouatt family lived in Angus
, but the origin of the surname can be traced back to Normandy
where it is thought to be derived from Mont Hault which means of "high mount."
Early Origins of the Mouatt family
The surname Mouatt was first found in Angus
(Gaelic: Aonghas), part of the Tayside region of northeastern Scotland
, and present day Council Area of Angus
, formerly known as Forfar or Forfarshire
, where they were granted lands by King David I of Scotland.
Early History of the Mouatt family
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Mouatt Spelling Variations
Early Notables of the Mouatt family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Mouatt family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: John Mowatt, who came to Barbados in 1663; Oliver Mowat, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749; Alexander Mowat, who arrived in America in 1773; Elisabeth Mowat, who arrived in Savannah, GA in 1774.
The Mouatt Motto
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: Monte alto
Motto Translation: The high mountain