The Scottish Register of Tartans states a restriction of one of my ancestral tartans is that it may only be worn by those with that surname. Does this mean that since my maiden name is (clearly not Irish) Ruczhak, that I can not wear my ancestral tartans?
My grandfather’s mother was a KILPATRICK, born in
grandmother was full Irish. Her grandparents – our immigrants – were WALSH,
O’FLAHERTY, KEATING, and DURKIN. My DNA results from Ancestry.com show that I
am 35% Eastern Europe, 29% Ireland Great Britain
and 17% .
I also have 14% Scandinavia, 3% Ireland Western Europe,
1% Italy/Greece and a trace of European Jewish. The Great Britain DNA is
primarily located in Great Britain,
Scotland and . The
Ireland DNA is primarily found in Wales Ireland,
Wales and . Scotland
The Kilpatrick tartan is a blue and green plaid. Ironically this is my Protestant line (most Kilpatricks in
are actually Protestant)
and the plaid reminds me of my early Catholic School days! According to the
the Kilpatrick surname could be religious or geographic in nature. Kil may have
evolved from Gil or Gilla which is Gaelic for servant. Incidentally, my
Kilpatrick girls came over as domestics and worked off their passage. However
the origin is much nobler. Kilpatrick evolved from MacGillapatricks over the
centuries. The original MacGillaptricks were servants of St. Patrick, yes THE
St. Patrick! The name also could have derived from a person living near a
church dedicated to St. Patrick. Ireland
The Walsh tartan is a Kelly Green with black and yellow running through it. The clan name of Walsh dates back to the 12th century when the Normans of Welsh and English origin showed up in
. It is
the fourth most common name in Ireland
although it is most common in Counties Dublin, Kerry, Kildare, Mayo and Meath.
My grandmother told me her grandfather Michael Walsh, a Catholic, came from Ireland . Dublin
The O’Flaherty Clan is associated with Connemara and the
The name evolved from Ó Flaithbertaigh, specifically Ua Flaithbertaigh the
King of Connacht. It means “bright prince.” Numerous sites offered images of
the Family Crest but I was not able to confirm a specific tartan. One was green
while another I found was predominantly red. County Galway
I also am descended from the Keating, Durkin, and Murphy lines. Again, how do I – a 3rd/4th generation American – determine which tartan is most appropriate (if any) for me to wear?
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© Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman, 2015