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Mcnease Surname History



The Mcnease family comes from the ancient Scottish Dalriadan clans of the mountainous west coast of Scotland. The name Mcnease is derived from the personal name Naos, which is a dialectal form of Aonghus or Angus. 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 Mcnease is a cognate of MacAngus and MacInnes.


Early Origins of the Mcnease family


The surname Mcnease 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 Mcnease family


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Mcnease Spelling Variations


Translation in medieval times was an undeveloped science and was often carried out without due care. For this reason, many early Scottish names appeared radically altered when written in English. The spelling variations of Mcnease include MacNeish, MacNeice, MacNish, MacNess, MacKness, MacNeece and many more.

Early Notables of the Mcnease family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Mcnease family to Ireland


Some of the Mcnease family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Mcnease family to the New World and Oceana


The hardy Scots who made the crossing settled all along the east coast of North America and in the great west that was just then opening up. At the time of the American War of Independence, many United Empire Loyalists moved north from the American colonies to Canada. Scottish national heritage became better known in North America in the 20th century through highland games and other patriotic events. An examination of immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Mcnease arrived in North America very early: Thomas McNeish, who settled in Philadelphia in 1868; Michael McNish settled in Philadelphia in 1866.

Contemporary Notables of the name Mcnease (post 1700)


  • Heath McNease, American contemporary musician
  • Y C McNease (b. 1936), American American college head coach at the University of Idaho for the 1968 and 1969 seasons

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