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The McIsaac family comes from the ancient Scottish Dalriadan clans of the mountainous west coast of Scotland. The name McIsaac is derived from the personal name Isaac. The Gaelic forms of the name are Mac Isaac or Mac Iosaig, both of which mean son of Isaac.

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The surname McIsaac was first found in Inverness, 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.

Spelling variations were extremely common in medieval names, since scribes from that era recorded names according to sound rather than a standard set of rules. McIsaac has appeared in various documents spelled MacIsaac, MacIsaack and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McIsaac research. Another 241 words (17 lines of text) covering the year 1685 is included under the topic Early McIsaac History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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More information is included under the topic Early McIsaac Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Dalriadan families proliferated in North Ameri ca. Their descendants still populate many communities in the eastern parts of both the United States and Canada. Some settled in Canada as United Empire Loyalists, in the wake of the American War of Independence. Families on both sides of the border have recovered much of their heritage in the 20th century through Clan societies and highland games. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name McIsaac or a variant listed above:

McIsaac Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Murdoch McIsaac who settled in New England in 1685

McIsaac Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Malcom McIsaac, aged 29, landed in New York, NY in 1775

McIsaac Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Euphemia Tod McIsaac, who arrived in Ohio in 1844

McIsaac Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Angus McIsaac, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1801
  • Cath McIsaac, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1801
  • Duncan McIsaac, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1801
  • Mary McIsaac, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1801

McIsaac Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Alexander McIsaac arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ellen Lewis" in 1860
  • Allan McIsaac arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ellen Lewis" in 1860
  • Donald McIsaac arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ellen Lewis" in 1860
  • Angus McIsaac arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ellen Lewis" in 1860
  • John McIsaac arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ellen Lewis" in 1860
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  • Justin McIsaac (b. 1978), semi-retired American professional wrestler
  • William "Billy" McIsaac (b. 1949), Scottish musician
  • Hazel A. McIsaac (1933-2012), Newfoundland politician who represented St. George's from 1975 to 1979, eponym of the ferry MV Hazel McIsaac
  • Hilary McIsaac (1820-1901), Canadian farmer, shipbuilder and politician who represented 2nd Kings in the Legislative Assembly of Prince Edward Island from 1872 to 1879
  • Joseph Clifford "Cliff" McIsaac (1930-2006), Canadian veterinarian and politician, MLA for Wilkie, Saskatchewan (1964-1975)
  • Tai McIsaac (b. 1975), Australian former rugby union footballer and current coach, two-time member of the Australia National Team (2006 and 2003)
  • Shona McIsaac (b. 1960), British Labour Party politician, Member of Parliament for Cleethorpes (1997-2010)
  • James McIsaac (1854-1927), Canadian journalist and politician who represented King's, Prince Edward island in the Canadian House of Commons from 1917 to 1921
  • Colin Francis McIsaac (1854-1927), Canadian lawyer and politician in Nova Scotia who represented Antigonish from 1895 to 1905
  • Angus McIsaac (1842-1902), Canadian lawyer, judge and politician in Nova Scotia who represented Antigonish from 1873 to 1885
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    Other References

    1. Donaldson, Gordon and Robert S. Morpeth. Who's Who In Scotish History. Wales: Welsh Academic Press, 1996. Print. (ISBN 186057-0054).
    2. Adam, Frank. Clans Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands 8th Edition. London: Bacon (G.W.) & Co, 1970. Print. (ISBN 10-0717945006).
    3. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and David Hicks. The Highland Clans The Dynastic Origins, Cheifs and Background of the Clans. New York: C.N. Potter, 1968. Print.
    4. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    5. Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
    6. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    7. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    8. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
    9. Moody David. Scottish Family History. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0806312688).
    10. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
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    The McIsaac Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McIsaac 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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