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Where did the Scottish McKeich family come from? What is the Scottish McKeich family crest and coat of arms? When did the McKeich family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the McKeich family history?The ancient Dalriadan clans of Scotland spawned the name McKeich. It is derived from /the personal names Eachan and Eochaidh. The Gaelic form of the name is usually Mac Eachainn, meaning son of Eachan. However, The surnames MacGeachie, MacGeachy, and MacKeachie are derived from the Irish surname Mag Eachaidh, an Ulster variant of Mag Eochadha, which means son of Eochaidh.
In the Middle Ages, the translation between Gaelic and English was not a highly developed process. Spelling was not yet standardized, and so, an enormous number of spelling variations appear in records of early Scottish names. McKeich has appeared as McEachan, McGeachan, McKechnie, McGeachie and many more.
First found in Knoydart, where they were a sept of the MacDonalds, descended from Hector (Gaelic Eachann,) second son of Roderick MacDonald, 3rd of Moydart and Clanranald.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McKeich research. Another 229 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1686, 1694, 1711, 1715, and 1745 are included under the topic Early McKeich History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 27 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McKeich Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the McKeich family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 148 words(11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Many settled along the east coast of what would become the United States and Canada. As the American War of Independence broke out, those who remained loyal to the crown went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these hardy Dalriadan-Scottish settlers began to recover their collective history in the 20th century with the advent of the vibrant culture fostered by highland games and Clan societies in North America. Highland games, clan societies, and other organizations generated much renewed interest in Scottish heritage in the 20th century. The McKeich were among the earliest of the Scottish settlers as immigration passenger lists have shown: Joseph MaKecky (McGeachie), who arrived in Virginia in 1756; Thomas McKeachie, on record in America in 1797; Thomas McKeachy, who was in Ontario in 1844.
The McKeich Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McKeich Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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