Mackittrick Coat of Arms / Mackittrick Family Crest
MACKITTRICK was derived from the Gaelic Mac Shitrig 'the son of Sitric' an old Norman personal name which was brought into England, Scotland and Ireland, during the Norman Invasion of 1066. The name means 'victory'true'. The name belongs to the Oriel counties, where strangely Hanson is found as a synonym. The cognate Scottish MacKettrick on the other hand is associated with County Sligo. Interestingly there are few early records of the name in Ireland, although Alexander MacKitrick was named as a tenant settler, during the Plantation of Ulster in 1607. Many people fled Ireland during the famine of the 1840's, and moved to Scotland and to the New World. Records in Scotland include John M'Kethirryke who appears as a tenant in 1376. John Kittrick was a resident in the parish of Borgue in 1684. John McQuhitrig witnessed a charter in Newlands in the year of 1504. Patrick Makketrig in Galloway in 1529 had a respite for his 'tresonable intercommonyng with Inglishmen', and Robert M'Quhittroche was a charter witness in the year 1643. John MacKittrich and John Kittrick were residents in the parish of Borgue in the year 1684. When the sparse Irish population began to increase it became necessary to broaden the base of personal identification by moving from single names to a more definate nomenclature. The prefix MAC was given to the father's christian name, or O to that of a grandfather or even earlier ancestor. At first the coat of arms was a practical matter which served a function on the battlefield and in tournaments. With his helmet covering his face and armour encasing the knight from head to foot, the only means of identification for his followers, was the insignia painted on his shield and embroidered on his surcoat, the draped and flowing garment worn over the armour. It has long been a matter of doubt when the bearing of coats of arms first became hereditary and it was not until the Crusades that Heraldry came into general use. Men went into battle heavily armed and were difficult to recognise. It became the custom for them to adorn their helmets with distinctive crests, and to paint their shields with animals and the like. Coats of arms accompanied the development of surnames, becoming hereditary in the same way.
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