The Mckintosh surname comes from the Anglicized form of the Gaelic name, Mac an Toisich. Mckintosh 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 Mckintosh 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.
Early Origins of the Mckintosh family
The surname Mckintosh was first found in Moray (part of the modern region of Grampian). The Mckintosh 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
Early History of the Mckintosh family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mckintosh research.Another 424 words (30 lines of text) covering the years 1263, 1314, 1336, 1396, 1411, 1594, 1704, 1715, 1745, 1746, and 1833 are included under the topic Early Mckintosh History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Mckintosh 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. Mckintosh has appeared Kyntosh, Intosh, Intoch, Toshe, Tosh, McKyntosh, McKintosh, McKintoisch, McKintoch, McIntosh, McComtosh, McKintowse, McIntosh, MacKyntosh, MacIntoch, MacIntosh, McIntoch, Mackintowse, MacKintosh and many more.
Early Notables of the Mckintosh family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Mckintosh family to Ireland
Some of the Mckintosh family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 47 words (3 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 Mckintosh 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 Mckintosh: Enoch Macintosh, who came to Virginia in 1668; Henry Mackintosh, who arrived in Boston in 1702; Adam Macintosh, who settled in Georgia in 1736; John Mackintosh, who came to Georgia in 1736.