I have recently had a DNA match to my own family name of Moody which appears to link to a Moody - McQuistan family that came to America from Londonderry, Ireland to PA and then made their way South as so many of the Ulster-Scots did. My family must have been on the boat that went North to New England because that's where they showed up out of nowhere around c1728. I thought my name had a lot of variant spellings but I do believe the McQuistan name has them all beat. Black's Surnames of Scotland has the name listed several different ways too and says it was found in Argyll and other places going back to the early 1600's, which makes me wonder Where this name actually started?
Its obviously Scottish as the name is listed as "Mac" meaning "son of" Quistan. Mc"Uithon" is the spelling found in Argyll early on. "Whiston" and "Uisdein" are other various old forms of the name. There is even a spelling of MacGuistan.So its hard to say just how and from what this name evolved. Perhaps someone here had done a study on it and has some info that will help me out.
I did note that from the OPR's that in Ayrshire, Scotland there were a lot of Moodie's and McQuistan's in the same churches.Ditto for Arygll...my family came from Norway to the Orkney Isles and Caithness, Scotland and appear in the area from there down to Edinburgh, however I am finding several Moodie's in Ayrshire which could mean that my branch came straight down from Caithness through the Highlands and settled in with the Ayrshire crowds.
I'll have to research this much more as I've not done much work in this area of Scotland before.I also found Several McQuistan's and Moodie's in Greenock, Scotland. Ironically a Capt. James Moodie used to sail out Greenock quite often and his name is seen through-out the Immigration and Transport ship lists as coming to VA mostly for Tobacco to take back to Scotland.
Since James Moody is my 5th grt. grandfather's name, this has now captured my attention well. If anyone has further info on the origins of this McQuestan family and its many spellings, perhaps the different spellings are for different branches as so often is the case, I would be most greatful to learn anything about them since they are now part of my own family tree as well. How fascinating and interesting this DNA stuff can be, just look at how many Cousins it has brought together from across the pond. Thank You