Mowatt History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

The surname Mowatt 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 Mowatt family

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Mowatt Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Mowatt family (pre 1700)

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United States Mowatt migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Mowatt Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Mowatt, who settled in Barbados in 1663
Mowatt Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Magnus Mowatt, who settled in New England in 1767
  • Magnus Mowatt, who landed in New England in 1767 [1]

Canada Mowatt migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Mowatt Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Daniel Mowatt U.E., (David) who settled in Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 [2]
  • Mr. David Mowatt U.E. born in the Orkney Islands, Scotland who settled in St. Andrews, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 [2]
  • Mrs. Mehitable Mowatt U.E. born in Ipswich, Massachusetts, USA who settled in St. Andrews, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 wife of David Mowatt, daughter of Dr. John Culeff who's written account of the siege of Penobscot is at Harvard Library [2]
Mowatt Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Henry Mowatt, aged 20 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "James Moran" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in August 1847 [3]

Australia Mowatt migration to Australia +

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

Mowatt Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • James Mowatt, aged 18, who arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "North"

New Zealand Mowatt 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:

Mowatt Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Mowatt, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Slains Castle" arriving in Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 9th November 1852 [4]
  • James Mowatt, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mermaid" in 1859
  • Mrs. Margaret Mowatt, (b. 1820), aged 54, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Jessie Readman" arriving in Port Chalmers, Otago, New Zealand on 26th October 1874 [5]
  • Mr. Isabella Mowatt, (b. 1822), aged 52, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Jessie Readman" arriving in Port Chalmers, Otago, New Zealand on 26th October 1874 [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Mowatt (post 1700) +

  • Ezekiel "Zeke" Mowatt (b. 1961), former American NFL football tight end
  • Taryne Mowatt (b. 1986), former All-American right-handed softball pitcher from Corona, California
  • Anna Cora Mowatt (1819-1870), French actress and dramatist from Bordeaux
  • Judy Mowatt (b. 1952), Jamaican singer
  • Paul Julian Mowatt (b. 1962), British photographer

Halifax Explosion
  • Mrs. Eliza  Mowatt (1857-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [6]
  • Mr. James A. B.  Mowatt (1882-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [6]


The Mowatt 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


  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. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 48)
  4. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  5. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  6. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance


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