The age-old Hebrides
islands and the west coast of Scotland
are the ancestral home of the Vatt family. Their name comes from the names Wattie
both of which are pet forms of the personal name Walter.
The Gaelic form of the name is Mac Bhaididh,
which translates as son of Wattie
or son of Watty.
Early Origins of the Vatt family
The surname Vatt was first found in Argyllshire
(Gaelic erra Ghaidheal), the region of western Scotland
corresponding roughly with the ancient Kingdom of Dál Riata, in the Strathclyde region of Scotland
, now part of the Council Area of Argyll and Bute
, where they held a family seat
from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Scotland
to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
Early History of the Vatt family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Vatt research.Another 118 words (8 lines of text) covering the year 1620 is included under the topic Early Vatt History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Vatt Spelling Variations
Medieval spelling was at best an intuitive process, and translation between Gaelic and English was no more effective. These factors caused an enormous number of spelling variations
in Dalriadan names. In fact, it was not uncommon to see a father and son who spelled their name differently. Over the years, Vatt has been spelled MacWatt, MacWattie, MacWatters, MacQuattie, MacVatt and many more.
Early Notables of the Vatt family (pre 1700)
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and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Vatt family to Ireland
Some of the Vatt family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 79 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Vatt family to the New World and Oceana
Scottish settlers arrived in many of the communities that became the backbones of the United States and Canada. Many stayed, but some headed west for the endless open country of the prairies. In the American War of Independence
, many Scots who remained loyal to England
re-settled in Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Scots across North America were able to recover much of their lost heritage in the 20th century as Clan
societies and highland games sprang up across North America. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Vatts to arrive on North American shores: George McWatters settled in Philadelphia in 1847; B. McWattey settled in San Francisco in 1752; John and Jane McWhatey settled in New York State in 1811.
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