The Dalriadan clans of ancient Scotland
spawned the ancestors of the McNece family. Their name comes from the personal name Naos,
which is a dialectal form of Aonghus
The Gaelic form of the name is Mac Neis,
which is derived from the earlier form Mac Naois
; both of these mean son of Angus.
Thus, the name McNece is a cognate of MacAngus
Early Origins of the McNece family
The surname McNece was first found in Perthshire
(Gaelic: Siorrachd Pheairt) former county in the present day Council Area of Perth and Kinross, located in central Scotland
, 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 Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
Early History of the McNece family
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McNece Spelling Variations
The medieval practice of spelling according to sound and repeated translation between Gaelic and English created many spelling variations
of the same name. McNece has been recorded as MacNeish, MacNeice, MacNish, MacNess, MacKness, MacNeece and many more.
Early Notables of the McNece family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the McNece family to Ireland
Some of the McNece family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 165 words (12 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 McNece family to the New World and Oceana
Descendents of Dalriadan-Scottish families still populate many communities across North America. They are particularly common in Canada, since many went north as United Empire Loyalists at the time of the American War of Independence
. Much later, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the highland games and Clan
societies that now dot North America sprang up, allowing many Scots to recover their lost national heritage. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name McNece, or a variant listed above: Thomas McNeish, who settled in Philadelphia in 1868; Michael McNish settled in Philadelphia in 1866.
The McNece 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: Animo non astutia
Motto Translation: By courage, not by craft.