Origins Available: Irish-Alt
The age-old Pictish-Scottish family name MacCay is derived from the personal name Aodh,
a cognate of Hugh.
The Gaelic form of the name is usually Mac Aoidh
and in Inverness, the Gaelic form of the name MacCay is Mac Ai.
Early Origins of the MacCay family
The surname MacCay was first found in Sutherland
(Gaelic: Cataibh), a former county in northern Scotland
, now part of the Council Area of Highland, where early records show that Gilcrest M'Ay, forefather of the MacKay family of Ugadale, made a payment to the constable of Tarbert in 1326. It is claimed that the Clan
is descended from the royal house of MacEth.
Early History of the MacCay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacCay research.Another 597 words (43 lines of text) covering the years 1408, 1411, 1429, 1329, 1506, 1575, 1873, 1940, 1640, 1692, 1689, 1726 and 1692 are included under the topic Early MacCay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
MacCay Spelling Variations
In the Middle ages, spelling and translation were not yet regulated by any general rules. spelling variations
in names were common even among members of one family unit. MacCay has appeared MacKay, MacCay, MacQuey, MacQuoid, MacKaw, MacKy, MacKye, MacCoy, McCoy and many more.
Early Notables of the MacCay family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the Clan
at this time was Hugh Mackay (c.
1640-1692), Scottish general, Major-General Commanding in Chief in Scotland
in 1689, killed at the Battle of Steinkeerke; and... Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early MacCay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the MacCay family to Ireland
Some of the MacCay family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 253 words (18 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the MacCay family to the New World and Oceana
Faced by this persecution and the generally unstable political climate of those days, many Scots chose to leave their homeland for Ireland
, and North America in search of greater opportunity and freedom. The colonies across the Atlantic were the most popular choice, but a passage there was neither cheap nor easily suffered. Passengers arrived sick and poor, but those who made it intact often found land and more tolerant societies in which to live. These brave settlers formed the backbone of the burgeoning nations of Canada and the United States. It is only this century that the ancestors of these families have begun to recover their collective identity through the patriotic highland games and Clan
societies that have sprung up throughout North America. Research into early immigration and passenger lists revealed many immigrants bearing the name MacCay: Denis McCoy and his wife Catharine, who were colonists in Amelia county, Virginia in 1719; Agnes, Angus
, Alexander, Anna, Catherine, Daniel, George, James, John, Margaret, Neil, Samuel and William McKay, who all arrived in Pennsylvania in 1772.
The MacCay Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Manu forti
Motto Translation: With a strong hand.