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.

Important Dates for the Mowat family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mowat research. Another 157 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1130, 1296, 1304, and 1320 are included under the topic Early Mowat History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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Mowat migration to the United States

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]

Mowat migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

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 migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

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]
  • Mary Mowat, aged 26, a dairymaid, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Epaminondas" [2]

Mowat 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:

Mowat Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James Mowat, British settler travelling from Liverpool aboard the ship 'Mermaid' arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 19th October 1859 [3]
  • Mr. Alexander Mowat, (b. 1862), aged 8 months, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Huntress" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 21st April 1863 [3]
  • Mr. Donald Mowat, (b. 1839), aged 24, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Huntress" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 21st April 1863 [3]
  • Mrs. Margaret Mowat, (b. 1841), aged 22, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Huntress" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 21st April 1863 [3]
  • John F. Mowat, aged 25, a carpenter, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Caroline" in 1876
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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 [4]
  • 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.)

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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. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 20) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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