The surname MacEtye 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 MacEtye family
The surname MacEtye was first found in the ancient territory of Oriel
, which is now comprised of Counties Monaghan
Early History of the MacEtye family
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MacEtye Spelling Variations
of this family name include: MacEntee, McEntee, MacEtye, MacYntie, MacAtee and others.
Early Notables of the MacEtye family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the MacEtye family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: John McEntee, who emigrated from Ireland
in 1737; Bryan McEntee and his family, who arrived in Baltimore in 1827; Mich McEntee, who sailed to St. John, New Brunswick in 1834.
The MacEtye 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.