MacEckent History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The name MacEckent was first used centuries ago in the region that was once the Scottish kingdom of Dalriada. It was a name for a /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. 
Early Origins of the MacEckent family
The surname MacEcKent 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. 
Early History of the MacEckent family
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MacEckent Spelling Variations
Spelling in the medieval era was a highly imprecise process. Translation, particularly from Gaelic to English, was little better. For these reasons, early Scottish names are rife with spelling variations. In various documents MacEckent has been spelled McEachan, McGeachan, McKechnie, McGeachie and many more.
Early Notables of the MacEckent family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the MacEckent family to Ireland
Some of the MacEckent family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Migration of the MacEcKent family
These settlers arrived in North America at a time when the east was burgeoning with prosperous colonies and the expanses of the west were just being opened up. The American War of Independence was also imminent. Some Scots stayed to fight for a new country, while others who remained loyal went north as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of them went on to rediscover their heritage in the 20th century through highland games and other patriotic Scottish events. The MacEckent were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: 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.