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Airchartdan is the root; Mountain Ash the meaning
Posted by: William Leonard Urquhart II (ID *****1288) Date: September 10, 2004 at 11:12:38
In Reply to: Does anyone know the meaning of the Surname Urquhart? by Lesley Finlayson of 989

Like many families of Gaelic origin, Urquharts took their name from the land they settled on, which was often a descriptive: Airchartdan. As someone else posted, it has been variously translated (e.g. "fort on the knoll"), but "upon a rowan wood" appears to be one of the more common. For those of us Americans who might not know it, "rowan" is the word used in Britain for a tree that is known elsewhere as Mountain Ash. So "Urquhart" might well be understood as an anglicized version of "at the place of Mountain Ash trees." I'll also note that Glen Urquhart in Scotland, where the clan rose according to legend, is full of copses of Mountain Ash.

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