This unusual and interesting surname is a Manx variant of "MacAirt", son of Art, a Celtic male given name reflected in the Gaelic "art", and the Welsh "arth", meaning "bear". One of the earliest recorded bearers of this distinguished forename was Art MacMurrough, King of the Irish province of Leinster (1376 - 1417). Traditionally, Gaelic family names are taken from the heads of tribes, revered elders, or some illustrious warrior, and are usually prefixed by "O", grandson, male descendant of, or "Mac", denoting "son of". In the process of Anglicization "MacAirt" has acquired many variant forms including: McCart, McCard, McArt(e) and McArd. Occasionally, MacCart is a shortened form of the Scottish patronymic "MacArthur", son of Arthur, from the Celtic "artos", a bear. Aghmacart in Queen's County (Laois), translating as "the field (agha) of the MacCarts", locates a branch of the sept. Recordings of the surname from Church Registers include the marriage of Owen McArt to Katherine McChillchoell on November 22nd 1658, at Derry Cathedral, Templemore, Londonderry, and the marriage of John McArd and Margaret Crebbin at Kirk Rushen, the Isle of Man, on April 25th 1829. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Donald McAne McCart, tenant of Daweskkir, Islay, Argyllshire, which was dated 1541, in the "Exchequer Rolls of Scotland", during the reign of King James V of Scotland, 1513 - 1542. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

Surnames reference. 2013.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • François Bissot — (ou Byssot), sieur de la Rivière, (né vers 1613 mort en 1673), est un seigneur et commerçant de la Nouvelle France. Sommaire 1 L origine de François Bissot (Byssot) 2 L arrivée de François Bissot en Nouvelle France …   Wikipédia en Français

  • La Rôtisserie de la reine Pédauque — est un roman d Anatole France paru en 1892, décrivant les tribulations du jeune Jacques Ménétrier au début du XVIIIe siècle. Histoire de la vie de Jacques Ménétrier, fils de Léonard Ménétrier, rôtisseur, porteur de la bannière de la… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Sophie Desmarets — Pour les articles homonymes, voir Desmarets. Sophie Desmarets Données clés Naissance 7 avril 1922 (1922 04 07) (89 ans) Paris, France Nationalité …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Toutes folles de lui — Données clés Titre original Toutes folles de lui Réalisation Norbert Carbonnaux Scénario Norbert Carbonnaux François Fabert Maurice Fabre Didier Goulard Acteurs principaux Robert Hirsch Sophie …   Wikipédia en Français

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.