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An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2015

Origins Available: Irish, Scottish

Where did the Scottish lackey family come from? What is the Scottish lackey family crest and coat of arms? When did the lackey family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the lackey family history?

The first people to use the name lackey were a family of Strathclyde- Britons who lived in the Scottish/English Borderlands. The name comes from when someone lived at Leckie in the county of Stirlingshire. The place name is derived from the Gaelic leac, or "flagstone," and the suffix -ach, which means "place."


Surnames that evolved in Scotland in the Middle Ages often appear under many spelling variations. These are due to the practice of spelling according to sound in the era before dictionaries had standardized the English language. lackey has appeared as Leckie, Leck, Leckey, Lecky, Lackey, Lackie, Lachey, Lakey and many more.

First found in Stirlingshire, 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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our lackey research. Another 215 words(15 lines of text) covering the years 1390, 1406, 1380, 1784, 1537, 1797 and are included under the topic Early lackey History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 41 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early lackey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the lackey family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 143 words(10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


The North American colonies beckoned, with their ample land and opportunity as their freedom from the persecution suffered by so many Clan families back home. Many Scots even fought against England in the American War of Independence to gain this freedom. Recently, clan societies have allowed the ancestors of these brave Scottish settlers to rediscover their familial roots. Among them:

lackey Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Jane Lackey settled in Maryland in 1699

lackey Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Win Lackey, who arrived in Virginia in 1703
  • Mary Lackey, who landed in Virginia in 1728
  • Patrick Lackey, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1782

lackey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Robert Lackey, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1876

lackey Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Catherine Lackey, aged 26, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Trafalgar"
  • Mary Lackey, aged 20, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Trafalgar"


  • John Derran Lackey (b. 1978), American Major League Baseball starting pitcher from Texas
  • Mercedes Lackey (b. 1950), American author of fantasy novels, known for her novels and trilogies are interlinked and set in the world of Velgarth
  • Brad Lackey (b. 1953), American motocross racer, member of the Motorcycle Hall of Fame
  • William D. Lackey (1870-1941), American pitcher in Major League Baseball
  • Kenneth "Ken" Lackey (b. 1943), American businessman and politician
  • Ryan Donald Lackey (b. 1979), American entrepreneur and computer security professional, co-founder of HavenCo, the world's first data haven
  • Elizabeth "Lisa" Lackey (b. 1971), Australian actress, best known for her portrayal of Janice Parkman on the NBC television series Heroes
  • Edwin Keith Lackey (b. 1930), Canadian Anglican bishop
  • Sir John Lackey (1830-1903), Australian magistrate and politician, President of the New South Wales Legislative Council 1892 to 1903


  • Climbing Our Family Tree by Edith Black.
  • Lackey, Stratton, and Allied Families by Harriett I. Pratt.

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: Virtutis praemium
Motto Translation: Virtues reward


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The lackey Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The lackey 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.

This page was last modified on 1 July 2015 at 18:34.

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