Origins Available: Irish
The surname MacEntee comes from the Irish Gaelic Mac an tSaoi, pronounced "Mac un tee." The Irish word "saoi" denotes a scholar, or, a 'cultured' person.
Early Origins of the MacEntee family
The surname MacEntee was first found in the ancient territory of Oriel
, which is now comprised of Counties Monaghan
Early History of the MacEntee family
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MacEntee Spelling Variations
of this family name include: MacEntee, McEntee, MacEtye, MacYntie, MacAtee and others.
Early Notables of the MacEntee family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the MacEntee family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
MacEntee Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Mr. Macentee, aged 16, who emigrated to the United States in 1893
Contemporary Notables of the name MacEntee (post 1700)
- Sean MacEntee (1899-1984), Irish politician and poet, and his daughter Maire Mac an tSaoi, a barrister and poet
The MacEntee 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: Deo patria amicis
Motto Translation: A friend to God and my country.