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The Picts were the ancient Scottish tribe where the ancestors of the McKay family lived. The name McKay comes 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 McKay is Mac Ai.

McKay Early Origins



The surname McKay 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.

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McKay Spelling Variations


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McKay Spelling Variations



Before the first dictionaries appeared in the last few hundred years, scribes spelled according to sound. spelling variations are common among Scottish names. McKay has been spelled MacKay, MacCay, MacQuey, MacQuoid, MacKaw, MacKy, MacKye, MacCoy, McCoy and many more.

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McKay Early History


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McKay Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McKay 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 McKay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McKay Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McKay Early Notables (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 McKay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McKay In Ireland


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McKay In Ireland



Some of the McKay 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.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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 McKay:

McKay Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Melashus McKay, aged 22, arrived in Virginia in 1635

McKay Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Mary McKay, who landed in New York in 1738
  • Merran McKay, who landed in New York in 1739
  • Florence McKay, who arrived in New York in 1739
  • Agnes McKay, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1739
  • Duncan McKay, who arrived in New York, NY in 1740
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

McKay Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Nancy McKay, aged 40, landed in New York, NY in 1804
  • Alexander McKay, aged 21, landed in New York, NY in 1804
  • Bernard McKay, who arrived in America in 1811
  • Edward McKay, aged 31, landed in New York in 1812
  • Eliza McKay, who arrived in New York, NY in 1817
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

McKay Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Alexander, Christopher and Christian McKay, who arrived in Pictou, Nova Scotia in 1773
  • Roderick McKay, who landed in Pictou, Nova Scotia in 1773
  • Alex McKay, who arrived in Pictou, Nova Scotia in 1773
  • Catherine McKay, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1773
  • Catherine McKay, who landed in Pictou, Nova Scotia in 1773
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

McKay Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Ann McKay, aged 12, landed in Nova Scotia in 1801
  • Archibald McKay, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1801
  • Bara McKay, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1801
  • Donald McKay, aged 17, landed in Red River, Canada in 1811
  • Betty McKay, who arrived in Red River, Canada in 1812
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

McKay Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • George McKay, aged Mary, arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Canton" in 1838
  • Thomas McKay arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Fairfield" in 1839
  • Peter McKay arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Indus" in 1839
  • Barbara McKay arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Recovery" in 1839
  • Gordon McKay arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sir Charles Forbes" in 1839
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

McKay Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Donald McKay landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Blenheim
  • Henry McKay landed in Foveaux Straits, New Zealand in 1840
  • John McKay landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Blenhein
  • Thomas McKay landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • John McKay, aged 52, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Blenheim" in 1840
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name McKay (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name McKay (post 1700)



  • Raymond T. McKay (1925-1993), American labor leader, President of American Maritime Officers (1957-1993)
  • Jim McKay, American film and television director, producer and writer
  • Cheryl McKay, American author and screenwriter
  • Cody Dean McKay (b. 1974), American former Major League Baseball catcher
  • James Douglas McKay (1893-1959), twenty-fifth Governor of Oregon
  • Claude McKay (1889-1948), American poet and novelist, born in Jamaica, who became a major figure of the Harlem Renaissance
  • George Cadogan Gardner McKay (1932-2001), American actor and writer
  • Jim McKay (b. 1921), American television sports journalist
  • Nellie McKay (b. 1982), British-born American singer-songwriter, actress
  • Donald McKay (1810-1880), American shipbuilder, born in Nova Scotia, designer of many of the largest ships of his era
  • ... (Another 14 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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McKay Historic Events


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McKay Historic Events




Arrow Air Flight 1285

  • Ms. Ms. Desiree McKay, American Flight attendant from New York, USA who died in the crash of Arrow Air Flight 1285 on December 12, 1985 in Gander, Newfoundland, Canada

Halifax Explosion

  • Mrs. Maggie  McKay (1855-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mr. Lloyd  McKay (1900-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. Allan Murdoch McKay (1921-1941), Australian Leading Supply Assistant from Yarraman, New South Wales, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Edward Mckay, British Marine, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name McKay


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Suggested Readings for the name McKay



  • Archibald McKay, 1720-1797, Scotland to Cumberland County, North Carolina by Bettie McKay Fraine.

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Motto


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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.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    2. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    3. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    4. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Scots Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Mordern Application of the Art and Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
    5. Warner, Philip Warner. Famous Scottish Battles. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-004-4).
    6. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
    7. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    8. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    9. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    10. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
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    The McKay Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McKay 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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