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The McIntosh surname comes from the Anglicized form of the Gaelic name, Mac an Toisich. McIntosh is a patronymic surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames. Many patronymic surnames were formed by adopting the given name of an ancestor of the bearer, while others came from popular religious names, and from the names of secular heroes. The surname McIntosh comes from the Gaelic name Mac an Toisich, which means "son of the chief, leader, or thane." Members of this distinguished Pictish family were originally found in Moray.

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The surname McIntosh was first found in Moray (part of the modern region of Grampian). The McIntosh family is said to descend from Seach MacDuff, who was awarded the lands of Petty and Breachley in Inverness-shire and was appointed Constable of Inverness Castle for his support of King Malcolm IV in the suppression of a rebellion in Morayshire in 1160. A son of Seach then assumed the name "Mac-an-Toisch," and thus began the Clan MacIntosh.

Before the first dictionaries appeared in the last few hundred years, scribes spelled according to sound. spelling variations are common among Scottish names. McIntosh has been spelled Kyntosh, Intosh, Intoch, Toshe, Tosh, McKyntosh, McKintosh, McKintoisch, McKintoch, McIntosh, McComtosh, McKintowse, McIntosh, MacKyntosh, MacIntoch, MacIntosh, McIntoch, Mackintowse, MacKintosh and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McIntosh research. Another 479 words (34 lines of text) covering the years 1263, 1314, 1336, 1396, 1411, 1594, 1704, 1715, 1745, 1746, and 1833 are included under the topic Early McIntosh History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early McIntosh Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the McIntosh family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 112 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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In those unstable times, many had no choice but to leave their beloved homelands. Sickness and poverty hounded travelers to North America, but those who made it were welcomed with land and opportunity. These settlers gave the young nations of Canada and the United States a strong backbone as they stood up for their beliefs as United Empire Loyalists and in the American War of Independence. In this century, the ancestors of these brave Scots have begun to recover their illustrious heritage through Clan societies and other heritage organizations. Early passenger and immigration lists reveal many Scottish settlers bearing the name McIntosh:

McIntosh Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Alexr McIntosh, who arrived in Maryland in 1716
  • Duncan McIntosh, who arrived in South Carolina in 1716
  • Ewen McIntosh, who arrived in South Carolina in 1716
  • Lang McIntosh, who landed in Virginia in 1716
  • Loughlan McIntosh, who arrived in Maryland in 1716


McIntosh Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Thomas McIntosh, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1803
  • Andrew McIntosh, who landed in Savanna(h), Georgia in 1805
  • Angus McIntosh, who arrived in America in 1812
  • Allen McIntosh, aged 51, arrived in New York in 1812
  • James McIntosh, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1812


McIntosh Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Mr. John McIntosh U.E. who settled in Belle Vue, Beaver Harbour, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783
  • Mr. John McIntosh U.E., (Glass) who settled in Canada c. 1784
  • Mr. Malcolm McIntosh U.E. who settled in Carleton, [Saint John West] New Brunswick c. 1784
  • Mr. Peter McIntosh U.E. (b. 1760) born in Inverness, Scotland who settled in South Glengarry, [Lancaster], Ontario c. 1784 he served in the Kings Royal Regiment of New York, married to Jane Fraser, he died in 1813
  • Mr. Peter McIntosh U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1784


McIntosh Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Jas McIntosh, aged 14, arrived in Nova Scotia in 1801
  • Jimmy McIntosh, aged 12, landed in Nova Scotia in 1801
  • Mary McIntosh, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1801
  • Isobel McIntosh, aged 3, landed in Nova Scotia in 1801
  • Anne McIntosh, aged 2, arrived in Nova Scotia in 1801


McIntosh Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Robert McIntosh, Scottish convict from Glasgow, who was transported aboard the "America" on April 4, 1829, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • William McIntosh, Scottish convict from Edinburgh, who was transported aboard the "Anna Maria" on March 6, 1848, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • Donald McIntosh, aged 29, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Agincourt" in 1850
  • Alexander McIntosh arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Northumberland" in 1850
  • Donald McIntosh, aged 29, arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Agincourt"


McIntosh Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • William McIntosh landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Duchess of Argyle
  • Charles Hunter McIntosh landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Portenia
  • Alexander McIntosh, aged 40, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "London" in 1840
  • Margaret McIntosh, aged 39, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "London" in 1840
  • John McIntosh, aged 10, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "London" in 1840


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  • Elizabeth "Betty" Peet McIntosh (1915-2015), American spy, known for her undercover work during World War II who lived to be 100 years old
  • C. H. McIntosh, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Nevada, 1912 (Honorary Vice-President)
  • Blanche McIntosh, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Minnesota, 1948
  • Anne McIntosh, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Virginia, 1964
  • Angus McIntosh, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Schenectady County, 1858
  • Alexander C. McIntosh, American politician, Member of North Carolina House of Commons from Iredell County, 1848-49
  • Alan C. McIntosh, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Minnesota, 1952
  • Abram C. McIntosh, American politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Fulton and Hamilton counties, 1932
  • A. Paul McIntosh, American Republican politician, Chair of Taylor County Republican Party, 1962-63
  • D. A. McIntosh, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Mississippi, 1912, 1916

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  • McIntosh by Walter H. McIntosh.
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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: Touch not the cat bot a glove
Motto Translation: Don't touch the cat without a glove.

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  8. Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
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The McIntosh Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McIntosh 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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