Scottish Clan Crests / Tartans / Clan Badges Thursday, Jun 26 2008 

 

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Young Coat of Arms / Young Family Crest Friday, Apr 4 2008 

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First found in the borderlands between Scotland and England; the name was first borne in this region by a Strathclyde-Briton family, as revealed in records dating back to the 13th century.In such difficult times, the difficulties of raising the money to cross the Atlantic to North America did not seem so large compared to the problems of keeping a family together in Scotland. It was a journey well worth the cost, since it was rewarded with land and freedom the Scots could not find at home. The American War of Independence solidified that freedom, and many of those settlers went on to play important parts in the forging of a great nation. Richard Young and his wife, who settled in Virginia in 1623; as did Edward and Jane Young in 1636; Joseph and Margaret Young, who immigrated to New England with their two sons in 1635.

Motto Translated: Prudence excels strength.

Suggested Readings for the name Young

  • Biographical Dictionary of the Youngs (born 1653-1870) by Louise Ryder Young.
  • Descendants of Jacob Young of Shelby County, Kentucky, Including President Harry S. Truman by Elsie Spry Davis.
  • Genealogy and Letters of the Strudwick, Ashe, Young and Allied Families by Betsy Lawson Willis.
Some noteworthy people of the name Young

  • Loretta Young (1913-2000), prominent American actress who made close to 100 films in her prolific Hollywood career
  • Brigham Young (1801-1877), American who led the Mormon migration to Utah, governor of Utah Territory
  • Charles Augustus Young (1834-1908), American astronomer
  • John Russell Young (1840-1899), Irish-born American journalist
  • Mahonri MacKintosh Young (1877-1957), American sculptor and art critic
  • Whitney Moore Young (1921-1971), American civil rights leader
  • Lester Willis Young (1909-1959), original name of American Prez Willis
  • John Watts Young (b. 1930), American astronaut
  • Prez Young (1909-1959), American jazz musician
  • Timothy Young, American rower
  • Adrian Young, American pop musician
  • John Young, Scottish automobile racer and winner of the Formula One Grand Prix championship in 1969, 1971, and 1973
  • Andrew John Young (1855-1971), Scottish poet and clergyman
  • James Young (1811-1883), Scottish chemist
  • Douglas Young (1913-1973), Scottish poet and scholar
  • Thomas Young (1587-1655), Puritan theologian
  • Michael Young (b. 1915), English Baron of Dartington, a pioneer in the development of “distance learning” in the Third World and within Britain
  • Lester “Prez” Young (1909-1959), jazz saxophonist
  • Neil Young (b. 1945), Canadian singer, songwriter, and guitarist
  • Francis Brett Young (1884-1954), British novelist
  • Thomas Young (1773-1829), English physicist
  • Alan Young (b. 1919), English actor
  • Charles Mayne Young (1777-1856), English actor
  • David Ivor Young (b. 1932), English politician
  • Edward Young (1683-1765), English poet
  • George Malcolm Young (1882-1959), English historical essayist
  • Arthur Young (1741-1820), English agriculturist and writer

Wilson Family Crest / Wilson Coat of Arms Friday, Apr 4 2008 

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First found in Berwickshire, where the Wilson family held a seat from ancient times.In their new home, Scots found land and opportunity, and some even fought for their new freedom in the American War of Independence. Some, who remained loyal to the crown went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In this century, the ancestors of both of these groups have begun recovering their illustrious national heritage through clan societies and other Scottish historical organizations. Early immigration and passenger lists indicate many people bearing the Wilson name: John Wilson, who settled in Virginia in 1623; Christopher Wilson, a Scotch prisoner sent to Boston in 1651; Andrew Wilson, who arrived in New England in 1651.Motto Translated: He conquers, who conquers himself.

Suggested Readings for the name Wilson

  • A Brief Account of the Wilsons by Emery Small Wilson.
  • The DeMay Family and the Wilson Family by Ida DeMay Wilson.
  • The Family of Samuel & Jean Love Wilson by Sara Stewart Hinckley.
Some noteworthy people of the name Wilson

  • Olin Chaddock Wilson (1909-1994), American astronomer, stellar spectroscopist. He won the Henry Norris Russell Lectureship in 1977 and the Bruce Medal in 1984
  • James Harrison Wilson (1837-1925), Union Army general in the American Civil War, railroad executive, and author
  • Linette Wilson, American athlete
  • Staci Wilson, American soccer player
  • Gahan Wilson (b. 1930), American cartoonist
  • Tom Wilson (b. 1931), American cartoonist
  • Edmund Wilson (1895-1972), American literary critic
  • Edmund Beecher Wilson (1856-1939), American zoologist
  • Edward Osborne Wilson (b. 1929), American biologist
  • Ernest Henry Wilson (1876-1930), American botanist
  • Henry Wilson (1812-1873), American politician
  • James Wilson (1742-1789), American political ideologist
  • Kenneth Geddes Wilson (b. 1936), American theoretical physicist
  • Robert Wilson (b. 1941), American theatre-maker/director/designer
  • Robert Woodrow Wilson (b. 1936), winner of the American 1978 Nobel Prize in physics for detecting microwave noise in the constellation Cassiopeia that proved to be residual radiation from the Big Bang
  • Theodore Shaw “Teddy” Wilson (1912-1986), American pianist/bandleader/arranger
  • Charles Thomson Rees Wilson (1869-1959), Scottish pioneer of atomic and nuclear physics who received the Nobel Prize in 1927
  • Sir Daniel Wilson (1816-1892), Scottish archaeologist
  • James Wilson (1805-1860), Scottish economist
  • John Wilson (1785-1854), Scottish critic and essayist
  • John Wilson (1804-1875), Scottish missionary
  • John MacKay Wilson (1804-1835), Scottish writer and editor
  • Finn Wilson, Scottish musician
  • Sir Arthur Knyvet Wilson (1842-1921), English Admiral and First Sea Lord
  • John Lyde Wilson (1784-1849), Democratic-Republican Governor of South Carolina from 1822 to 1824
  • Charles McMoran Wilson (1882-1977), 1st Baron Moran, most famous for being Sir Winston Churchill’s personal physician, saving his life in 1943
  • Thomas Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), the twenty-eighth President of the United States
  • Sir Archibald Wilson, diplomat
  • Colin Wilson (b. 1931), well-known British novelist
  • Ian Wilson (b. 1964), Irish composer
  • Sammy Wilson, Democratic Unionist Member of the British Parliament for East Antrim (b.2005)
  • Samuel Wilson, Lord Mayor of London (1838)
  • Sir Angus Wilson (1913-1991), South African-born English novelist
  • Harold Wilson, Baron Wilson of Rievaulx (1916-1995), British politician, Prime Minister (1964-1970, 1974-1976)
  • David Clive Wilson (b. 1935), Baron Wilson of Tillyorn, British administrator, last Governor of Hong Kong (1987-1992)
  • Sir Alan Geoffrey Wilson (b. 1939), British scientist and social scientist, knighted in 2001
  • Ellen Louise Axson Wilson (1860-1914), first wife of Woodrow Wilson, First Lady of the United States from 1913 until her death
  • Edith Bolling Galt Wilson (1872-1961), second wife of President Woodrow Wilson, First Lady of the United States from 1915 to 1921
  • Edward Adrian Wilson (1872-1912), English physician
  • Sir Erasmus Wilson (1809-1884), English surgeon and antiquarian
  • Sir James Harold Wilson (b. 1916), English Labour politician
  • Harriette Wilson (1786-1855), English courtesan
  • Sir Henry Hughes Wilson (1864-1922), Irish soldier
  • Henry Maitland Wilson (1881-1964), English soldier
  • Horace Hayman Wilson (1786-1860), English Orientalist
  • John Dover Wilson (1881-1969), Shakespearean scholar
  • Richard Wilson (1714-1782), Welsh landscape painter
  • Sir Robert Thomas Wilson (1777-1849), English soldier
  • Alexander Wilson (1766-1813), Scottish/American ornithologist
  • Betty Wilson (b. 1943), British peace activist
  • Royston Warner Wilson (1900-1965), English strip cartoonist
  • Thomas Wilson (1663-1755), English churchman

Watson Coat of Arms / Watson Family Crest Friday, Apr 4 2008 

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First found in the lowlands of Scotland, from ancient times.

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: John Watson who settled in Virginia in 1620; the same year as the “Mayflower”; Abraham, Alice, Elizabeth, Francis, Joe, Margaret, and William Watson, all settled in Virginia in 1635.

Suggested Readings for the name Watson

  • The American Family of John Watson of the Narragansett County, Rhode Island by George C. Davis.
  • Ancestors and Descendants of John and Hannah (Goodwin) Watson of Hartford, Connecticut and Associated Families by Ralph Arthur Watson.
  • Genealogy and History of the Watson Family by Samuel E. Watson.

Some noteworthy people of the name Watson

  • James Craig Watson, American astronomer
  • John Broadus Watson (1878-1958), American psychologist
  • James Dewey Watson (b. 1928), American biologist
  • Thomas Edward Watson (1856-1922), American politician
  • Thomas Sturges Watson (b. 1949), American golfer
  • Lord William Watson (1827-1899), Scottish judge
  • Alan Watson, Head of European Television
  • Sir Derek Watson,
  • General Gilbert Watson,
  • Professor James Watson, Psychiatry
  • Professor William Watson, Chinese Art
  • Thomas Augustus Watson (1854-1934), assistant to Alexander Graham Bell
  • Admiral Bertram Watson,
  • Sir Francis Watson,
  • General Henry Watson,
  • Sir Stephen Watson,
  • Foster Watson (1860-1929), English historian
  • Richard Watson (1737-1816), English theologian and scientist
  • Thomas Watson (1557-1592), English poet
  • Sir William Watson (1715-1787), English scientist
  • Sir John William Watson (1858-1935), English poet

Ross Coat of Arms / Ross Family Crest Tuesday, Apr 1 2008 

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Motto Translated: Success nourishes hope.

Suggested Readings for the name Ross

  • The Baron, The Logger, the Miner, and Me by John H. Toole.
  • Crossroads in Kansas: A Stearns-Ross Genealogy by Phyllis Ross Kostner.
  • History of the Clan Ross by Alexander M. Ross.
Some noteworthy people of the name Ross

  • George Ross (1730-1779), American signer of declaration of Independence
  • Harold Wallace Ross (1892-1951), American editor
  • Sir Ronald Ross (1857-1932), English physician
  • Sir Ian Clunies Ross (1899-1959), Australian veterinary scientist
  • Sir James Clark Ross (1800-1862), officer and explorer, who explored the Arctic with his uncle Sir John Ross and Sir William Parry Scottish
  • Sir John Ross (1777-1856), Scottish Arctic explorer
  • Robert Baldwin Ross (1869-1918), Canadian journalist and art critic
  • William Ross (1911-1988), Scottish Labour politician
  • Diana Ross (b. 1944), American singer, songwriter, and actress
  • Nellie Tayloe Ross (1876-1977), Governor of Wyoming
  • James Sinclair Ross (1908-1996), Canadian banker and author

Robertson Family Crest Tuesday, Apr 1 2008 

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Where did the Scottish robertson family come from? What is the Scottish coat of arms/family crest? When did the robertson family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the history of the family name?

Many spelling variations of robertson have been recorded over the years, including These are the result of the medieval practice of spelling according to sound and repeated translation between Gaelic and English. Robertson, MacConachie, Maconachie, MacConaghy, MacConchie, MacConckey, MacConkey, MacDonnachie, MacDonachie, MacDunnachie, MacInroy, MacLagan, Mac Raibeirt (Gaelic) and many more.

First found in Perthshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Pheairt) former county in the present day Council Area of Perth and Kinross, located in central Scotland, where they were seated 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.

Many who arrived from Scotland settled along the east coast of North America in communities that would go on to become the backbones of the young nations of the United States and Canada. In the American War of Independence, many settlers who remained loyal to England went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Their descendants later began to recover the lost Scottish heritage through events such as the highland games that dot North America in the summer months. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the robertson family emigrate to North America: Daniel Robertson, who settled in Virginia in 1716; along with Francis, Isabella, James, John, and Donald; Alexander, Archibald, Charles, Daniel, Duncan, George, Henry, James, Jane, John, Robert, Thomas and William Robertston all arrived in Philadelphia between 1800 and 1870.

Motto Translated: Glory is the reward of valour.

Suggested Readings for the name robertson

  • Children of Nashville by Sarah Foster Kelley.
Some noteworthy people of the name robertson

  • David Robertson, American conductor
  • Oscar Robertson (b. 1938), American basketball player
  • Douglas Moray Cooper Lamb Argyll Robertson, Scottish ophthalmologist
  • George Croom Robertson (1842-1892), Scottish philosopher
  • Jeannie Robertson (1908-1975), Scottish American folk singer
  • Joseph Robertson (1810-1866), Scottish antiquary
  • William Robertson (1721-1793), Scottish historian and Principal of the University of Edinburgh
  • Sir Brian Hubert Robertson, British general and politician
  • Sir Dennis Robertson, British economist
  • Geoffrey Robertson Robertson, Australian-born lawyer, author, and broadcaster
  • George Robertson, now Lord Robertson – Baron Robertson of Port Ellen, British politician and Secretary General of NATO, 1999 – 2004
  • George S Robertson, British athlete
  • Sir Horace Robertson, Australian soldier
  • Howard Percy Robertson, mathematical physicist
  • J M Robertson, British journalist, secularist and Liberal MP
  • Jerry Robertson, Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Lloyd Robertson (b. 1934), Canadian journalist and broadcaster
  • Henrietta Richardson Robertson (1870-1964), real name of Henry Handel Richardson, Australian author
  • Charles Grant Robertson (1869-1948), English historian
  • Frederick William Robertson (1816-1853), English clergyman
  • Thomas William Robertson (1829-1871), English dramatist
  • Sir William Robert Robertson (1860-1933), British Field Marshal who served as Chief of the Imperial General Staff from 1916 to 1918

Reid Coat of Arms / Reid Family Crest Monday, Mar 31 2008 

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Spelling variations:  Ried, Reid, Read, Reed and others.First found in Aberdeenshire where the name has been found since the 14th century.Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Elizabeth Reid, who came to Maryland in 1674; Abraham Reid, who arrived in Maryland in 1678; Charles Read, who came to New Jersey in 1678; James Read, who arrived in Barbados in 1679.Motto Translated: By fortitute and exertion.

Suggested Readings for the name Reid

  • Dunkin-Reid and Garner-McGraw-Mobley Families of South Carolina, Georgia, and Alabama by Dean Smith Cress.
  • The Nathan Reids Of Virginia in the March of Freedom by Elizabeth Reid Austin.
  • Reid Family, 1776-1974 by Maude Reid Tomlinson.
Some noteworthy people of the name Reid

  • Andy Reid (b. 1958), American football (NFL) coach, Philadelphia Eagles head coach (1999-)
  • Antonio Reid (b. 1956), American, songwriter, producer, and record company executive
  • David Reid, American boxer
  • Alastair Reid (b. 1926), Scottish poet
  • James Scott Cumberland Reid (1890-1975), Scottish judge
  • John Reid (1721-1807), Scottish soldier and musician
  • Robert Paul Reid (b. 1934), Scottish industrial executive
  • Thomas Reid (1710-1796), Scottish philosopher
  • Sir Thomas Wemyss Reid (1842-1905), Scottish journalist and biographer
  • Sir William Reid (1791-1858), Scottish meteorologist
  • Kate Reid (1931-1993), Canadian actress
  • Alan Reid, British Liberal Democrat politician
  • Bruce Reid, Australian cricketer
  • Thomas Reid, English professor at Oxford University.
  • Sir George Houstoun Reid (1845-1918), Australian politician and statesman
  • Patricia Kimberly Reid, original name of Kim Stanley
  • Beryl Reid (b. 1920), English comedienne
  • John Richard Reid (b. 1928), New Zealand cricket player
  • Thomas Mayne Reid (1818-1883), American (Irish born) soldier, and writer of adventure novels

Peterson Coat of Arms / Peterson Family Crest Sunday, Mar 30 2008 

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Where did the Scottish Peterson family come from? What is the Scottish coat of arms/family crest? When did the Peterson family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the history of the family name?In the Middle ages, spelling and translation were not yet regulated by any general rules. spelling variations in names were common even among members of one family unit. Peterson has appeared Peterson, Petersone, Petterson, Piterson and others.First found in Aberdeenshire where they were seated from early times and their first records appeared on the census rolls taken by the ancient Kings of Scotland to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Faced by this persecution and the generally unstable political climate of those days, many Scots chose to leave their homeland for Ireland, Australia, and North America in search of greater opportunity and freedom. The colonies across the Atlantic were the most popular choice, but a passage there was neither cheap nor easily suffered. Passengers arrived sick and poor, but those who made it intact often found land and more tolerant societies in which to live. These brave settlers formed the backbone of the burgeoning nations of Canada and the United States. It is only this century that the ancestors of these families have begun to recover their collective identity through the patriotic highland games and clan societies that have sprung up throughout North America. Research into early immigration and passenger lists revealed many immigrants bearing the name Peterson: Cornelius Peterson who settled in Maryland in 1674; Evor Peterson settled in Virginia in 1653; Henry Peterson settled in Virginia in 1622; Neale Peterson settled in Virginia in 1653.

Motto Translated: Nothing without God.

Suggested Readings for the name Peterson

    * From Norway to North America: the Descendants in Canada and the United Stated of Olaf and Caroline Pederson who came from Norway about 1867 to Manitoba and North Dakota by Jean E. Peterson.
Some noteworthy people of the name Peterson

    * Val Peterson, American Governor of the U.S. state of Nebraska
    * Alexander Peterson, Oxford University
    * Sir Arthur Peterson, Home Office
    * Colin Peterson, Ecclesiastic
    * John Peterson, Scholar
    * David Peterson, Premier of Ontario
    * Lynn Peterson, Mayor of the City of Thunder Bay, Ontario
    * Oscar Peterson (1925-2007), Canadian jazz pianist and composer
    * Donald H Peterson (b. 1923), United States Air Force officer and a former USAF and NASA astronaut
    * Michael Peterson (b. 1957), Australian surfer
    * Rev. M F Peterson,
    * Staff Sergeant George Peterson, who was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1945
    * Chief Watertender Oscar Verner Peterson, who was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1942

McLean Coat of Arms / McLean Family Crest Thursday, Mar 27 2008 

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McLean Coat of Arms / McLean Family Crest

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Origin Displayed: Scottish

Where did the Scottish McLean family come from? What is the Scottish coat of arms/family crest? When did the McLean family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the history of the family name?

Spelling Variations are a very common occurrence in records of early Scottish names. They result from the repeated and inaccurate translations that many names went through in the course of various English occupations of Scotland. McLean has been spelled MacLean, MacLaine, MacLane, MacLeane, MacClean, MacClain, MacClaine, MacGhille Eoin (Gaelic) and many more.

First found in the Western Isles where they were seated from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

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 Independance, 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 McLeans to arrive on North American shores: James Elizabeth, Anne, Daniel, James, Lettice, McLean who were all on record in Charles Town S.C. in 1767; Duncan McLean, who settled in Boston in 1766.

Motto Translated: Virtue is my honour.

Suggested Readings for the name McLean

  • The Way We Were by Alethea Mary Wallack McClain.
  • MacLean, the Family of Judge Alney and Tabitha McLean of Greenvilee, Kentucky by Sally Stone Trotter.

 

Some noteworthy people of the name McLean

  • David McLean (1922-1995), American film and television actor.
  • Edward Beale McLean (1889-1941), American newspaper publisher, Washington Post
  • Gloria Hatrick McLean, wife of American actor Jimmy Stewart
  • Bruce McLean, Scottish Artist
  • Al McLean (b. 1937), Canadian politician from Ontario
  • Allan McLean (1840-1911), Australian politician from Victoria

McDonald Coat of Arms / McDonald Family Crest Thursday, Mar 27 2008 

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Spelling variations of this family name include: MacDonald, Macdonald, McDonald, Donaldson, MacDonny and many more.First found in Kintyre, and much of the Eastern islands and coast-lands where members of this Clan, descended through Somerled, Lord of the Isles and had resided for many years.

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Daniel Macdonald, who came to New Jersey sometime between 1730 and 1749; Angus McDonald who settled in Virginia in 1746; Norman and Elizabeth Macdonald, and their two children who settled in Georgia in 1741.

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Motto Translated: By sea and by land.

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Suggested Readings for the name McDonald
Kincannon and McDonald of Southwest Virginia by David B. Trimble, Never Say Die by Julia Davis.
Some noteworthy people of the name McDonald

  • Marie McDonald (1923-1965), American singer and actress
  • Walter Robert McDonald (b. 1934), American poet and former professor.
  • Hugh McDonald (b. 1950), American session musician and bassist.
  • Eugene F. McDonald (1886-1958), founder of Zenith Radio in 1921
  • James McDonald (1886-1964), First US Ambassador to Israel
  • Richard “Dick” J. McDonald (1909-1998), co-founder in 1940 of the McDonald’s restaurant chain
  • Air Marshal Sir Arthur William Baynes McDonald KCB (903-1996), Royal Air Force officer
  • Sir Trevor McDonald OBE (b. 1939), Trinidadian-born British television presenter.

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