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McWhirter and Macwhirter, MacWhirter (also spelled McWherter and Macwherter, MacWherter) are Anglicisations of the Scottish Gaelic Mac an Chruiteir, meaning "son of the harpist or fiddler". Mawhorter and McWhorter are less common forms of this Scottish name, and are found in North America. The name is derived from the Gaelic cruitear, meaning "harpist", "fiddler". The Scottish name is generally found in Ayrshire.[1] The surnames can be represented in modern Scottish Gaelic as Mac a' Chruiteir.[2]

People with the surnames[edit]

Macwhirter, MacWhirter
McWherter, Macwherter, MacWherter


  1. ^ "What's in a name?". Retrieved 11 December 2009.
  2. ^ Mac an Tàilleir, Iain. "Ainmean Pearsanta" (docx). Sabhal Mòr Ostaig. Retrieved October 15, 2009.