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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."

Mowat Early Origins



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.

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Mowat Spelling Variations


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Mowat Spelling Variations



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

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Mowat Early History


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Mowat Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mowat research. Another 394 words (28 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.

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Mowat Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Mowat Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Mowat Notables 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



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 came to 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

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

Mowat Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

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

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Contemporary Notables of the name Mowat (post 1700)


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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
  • 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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Motto


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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


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    2. Adam, Frank. Clans Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands 8th Edition. London: Bacon (G.W.) & Co, 1970. Print. (ISBN 10-0717945006).
    3. Fairbairn,. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    4. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    5. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    6. Donaldson, Gordon and Robert S. Morpeth. Who's Who In Scotish History. Wales: Welsh Academic Press, 1996. Print. (ISBN 186057-0054).
    7. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
    8. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
    9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    10. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
    11. ...

    The Mowat Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Mowat Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 3 January 2017 at 23:12.

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