The saga of the Keggie family name begins among the people of an ancient Scottish tribe called the Picts
. The Keggie name is derived from the Gaelic names Mac Adhamh
or Mac Edhamh,
which both mean son of Adam.
Early Origins of the Keggie family
The surname Keggie was first found in Inverness, where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Keggie family
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Keggie Spelling Variations
Repeated and inaccurate translation of Scottish names from Gaelic to English and back resulted in a wide variety of spelling variations
with single names. Keggie has appeared Heggie, MacHeggie, MacCagy, MacKeggie, Higgie and others.
Early Notables of the Keggie family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Keggie family to the New World and Oceana
Many Scottish families suffered enormous hardships and were compelled to leave their country of birth. They traveled to Ireland
, but mostly to the colonies of North America, where many found the freedom and opportunity they sought. It was not without a fight, though, as many were forced to stand up and defend their freedom in the American War of Independence
. The ancestors of these Scots abroad have rediscovered their heritage in the last century through the Clan
societies and other organizations that have sprung up across North America. Immigration and passenger ship lists show some important early immigrants bearing the name Keggie: Daniel and John McKegan, who were naturalized in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1826; Christopher McKeg, who is on record in Philadelphia in 1868.
The Keggie 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: Touch Not The Cat Bot A Glove
Motto Translation: Don't touch the cat without a glove.