MacEckant History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The MacEckant family comes from the ancient Scottish Dalriadan clans of the mountainous west coast of Scotland. The name MacEckant is derived from /the personal names Eachan and Eochaidh. The Gaelic form of the name is usually Mac Eachainn, meaning son of Eachan. However, The surnames MacGeachie, MacGeachy, and MacKeachie are derived from the Irish surname Mag Eachaidh, an Ulster variant of Mag Eochadha, which means son of Eochaidh. [1]

Early Origins of the MacEckant family

The surname MacEckant was first found in Knoydart, where they were a sept of the MacDonalds, descended from Hector (Gaelic Eachann,) second son of Roderick MacDonald, 3rd of Moydart and Clanranald. [2]

Early History of the MacEckant family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacEckant research. Another 94 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1694, 1686, 1711, 1715, 1745 and are included under the topic Early MacEckant History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

MacEckant 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 MacEckant include McEachan, McGeachan, McKechnie, McGeachie and many more.

Early Notables of the MacEckant family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the MacEckant family to Ireland

Some of the MacEckant family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the MacEckant family

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 MacEckant arrived in North America very early: Joseph MaKecky (McGeachie), who arrived in Virginia in 1756; Thomas McKeachie, on record in America in 1797; Thomas McKeachy, who was in Ontario in 1844.



  1. ^ MacLysaght, Edward, Supplement to Irish Families. Baltimore: Genealogical Book Company, 1964. Print.
  2. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)


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