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Mcneese Surname History



The root of the ancient Dalriadan-Scottish name Mcneese is 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 Mcneese is a cognate of MacAngus and MacInnes.


Early Origins of the Mcneese family


The surname Mcneese 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 Mcneese family


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Mcneese Spelling Variations


The translation of Gaelic names in the Middle Ages was not a task undertaken with great care. Records from that era show an enormous number of spelling variations, even in names referring to the same person. Over the years Mcneese has appeared as MacNeish, MacNeice, MacNish, MacNess, MacKness, MacNeece and many more.

Early Notables of the Mcneese family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Mcneese family to Ireland


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Migration of the Mcneese family to the New World and Oceana


Many settled along the east coast of what would become the United States and Canada. As the American War of Independence broke out, those who remained loyal to the crown went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these hardy Dalriadan-Scottish settlers began to recover their collective history in the 20th century with the advent of the vibrant culture fostered by highland games and Clan societies in North America. Highland games, clan societies, and other organizations generated much renewed interest in Scottish heritage in the 20th century. The Mcneese were among the earliest of the Scottish settlers as immigration passenger lists have shown:

Mcneese Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Thomas McNeese, aged 19, who emigrated to the United States from Moy, Ireland, in 1913
  • Elizabeth McNeese, aged 40, who landed in America from Moy, Ireland, in 1914
  • Felix McNeese, aged 8, who emigrated to the United States from Moy, Ireland, in 1914
  • James McNeese, aged 46, who landed in America from Moy, Ireland, in 1914
  • John McNeese, aged 7, who settled in America from Moy, Ireland, in 1914
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Contemporary Notables of the name Mcneese (post 1700)


  • Barbara Ann McNeese (1930-2011), birth name of Barbara Stuart, American actress, known for her work on Bachelor Party (1984), Airplane! (1980) and Gomer Pyle: USMC (1964)
  • John McNeese (1843-1914), American educator in Lake Charles, Louisiana, first superintendent of schools of Imperial Calcasieu Parish, eponym of McNeese State University

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