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Mowat History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The rugged terrain and rich ancestry of Scotland forms the backdrop to the origins of Mowat family surname. In Scotland, hereditary surnames were adopted according to fairly general rules during the late Middle Ages. The Mowat 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 Mowat family


The surname Mowat 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 Mowat family


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Mowat Spelling Variations


Spelling variations of this family name include: Mowatt, Mouat, Mowat, Mouatt and others.

Early Notables of the Mowat family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Mowat family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Mowat Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • George Mowat, who settled in Boston in 1744
  • John Mowat, who settled in Boston in 1770
  • Alexander Mowat, who arrived in America in 1773
  • Elisabeth Mowat, who arrived in Savannah, Georgia in 1774
  • Elizabeth Mowat, who settled in Savanna, Georgia in 1774 with her brothers James and John
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Mowat Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Mowat, who arrived in New York in 1842 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)

Mowat Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Oliver Mowat, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749

Mowat Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Edward Mowat, who settled in Canada in 1801

Mowat Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Alexander Mowat, aged 29, a sawyer, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Epaminondas" [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) EPAMINONDAS 1852. Retrieved www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/epaminondas1852.shtml
  • Mary Mowat, aged 26, a dairymaid, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Epaminondas" [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) EPAMINONDAS 1852. Retrieved www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/epaminondas1852.shtml

Mowat Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John F. Mowat, aged 25, a carpenter, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Caroline" in 1876
  • John Mowat, aged 26, a ploughman, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Arawa" in 1884

Contemporary Notables of the name Mowat (post 1700)


  • Charles Loch Mowat (1911-1970), British-born, American historian
  • John S. Mowat Jr. (b. 1927), American Republican politician, Member of Michigan State House of Representatives 40th District, 1971-78; Member of Michigan State Senate 19th District, 1979-82 ; Candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from Michigan 4th District, 1981 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 20) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Jill Mowat, Scottish television journalist
  • Bob Mowat (b. 1949), former Canadian World Hockey Association player
  • Richard Mowat (1865-1936), renowned and award-winning British player of the Northumbrian smallpipes
  • Doug Mowat (1929-1992), Canadian politician
  • Herbert Macdonald Mowat (1863-1928), Canadian lawyer, jurist, and parliamentarian
  • James Mowat (1889-1952), Scottish-born merchant and political figure in British Columbia
  • David John Mowat (b. 1957), English Conservative Party politician
  • Farley McGill Mowat OC (1921-2014), Canadian conservationist and one of Canada's most widely-read authors
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

The Mowat 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


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Citations


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) EPAMINONDAS 1852. Retrieved www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/epaminondas1852.shtml
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 20) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html

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