Markey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The sea-swept Hebrides islands and the west coast of Scotland are the ancestral home of the Markey family. Their name comes from the personal name Aodh, which is often Anglicized as Hugh. The Gaelic form of the name is Mac Aoidh, which means son of Aodh.

Early Origins of the Markey family

The surname Markey was first found in Ayrshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Àir), formerly a county in the southwestern Strathclyde region of Scotland, that today makes up the Council Areas of South, East, and North Ayrshire, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Scotland.

Important Dates for the Markey family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Markey research. Another 134 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1296 and 1304 are included under the topic Early Markey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Markey Spelling Variations

Medieval translation of Gaelic names could not be referred to as an accurate process. Spelling was not yet standardized, and names in documents from that era are riddled with spelling variations. Markey has been written as Mackie, Mackey, MacHugh and others.

Early Notables of the Markey family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Markey family to Ireland

Some of the Markey family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 57 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Markey migration to the United States

Many of the ancestors of Dalriadan families who arrived in North America still live in communities along the east coast of Canada and the United States. In the American War of Independence many of the original settlers traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries the ancestors of many Scots began recovering their collective national heritage through Clan societies, highland games, and other patriotic events. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Markey or a variant listed above:

Markey Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Darcy Markey, who arrived in Virginia in 1657 [1]
  • Davey Markey, who landed in Virginia in 1657 [1]
Markey Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Marcus Markey, aged 45, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1736 [1]
Markey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James Markey, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816 [1]
  • John Markey, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844 [1]

Markey migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Markey Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Andrew Markey, aged 5 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Lotus" departing 15th April 1847 from Liverpool, England; the ship arrived on 24th June 1847 but he died on board [2]

Markey migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Markey Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Theophilius Markey, aged 29, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Trafalgar" [3]
  • Patrick Markey, aged 35, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Trafalgar" [3]
  • James Markey, aged 46, a mason, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Sir Thomas Gresham" [4]

Markey migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Markey Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Alice Markey, aged 21, a servant, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Arethusa" in 1879

Contemporary Notables of the name Markey (post 1700)

    Historic Events for the Markey family

    HMS Hood
    • Mr. Harold E Markey (b. 1906), English Joiner 2nd Class serving for the Royal Navy from Farnham, Surrey, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [5]
    HMS Repulse
    • Mr. Albert Walter James Markey (b. 1900), British Mechanician, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died in the sinking [6]
    RMS Lusitania
    • Mr. Patrick Markey, Irish Trimmer from Dundalk, Louth, Ireland, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [7]

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    1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
    2. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 85)
    3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) TRAFALGAR 1850. Retrieved
    4. ^ South Australian Register Monday 20th March 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Sir Thomas Gresham 1854. Retrieved
    5. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from
    6. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from
    7. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 7) . Retrieved from
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