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

The MacIntosh surname comes from the Anglicized form of the Gaelic name, Mac an Toisich. MacIntosh is a patronymic surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames. Many patronymic surnames were formed by adopting the given name of an ancestor of the bearer, while others came from popular religious names, and from the names of secular heroes. The surname MacIntosh comes from the Gaelic name Mac an Toisich, which means "son of the chief, leader, or thane." Members of this distinguished Pictish family were originally found in Moray.


In the Middle ages, spelling and translation were not yet regulated by any general rules. spelling variations in names were common even among members of one family unit. MacIntosh has appeared Kyntosh, Intosh, Intoch, Toshe, Tosh, McKyntosh, McKintosh, McKintoisch, McKintoch, McIntosh, McComtosh, McKintowse, McIntosh, MacKyntosh, MacIntoch, MacIntosh, McIntoch, Mackintowse, MacKintosh and many more.

First found in Moray (part of the modern region of Grampian). The MacIntosh family is said to descend from Seach MacDuff, who was awarded the lands of Petty and Breachley in Inverness-shire and was appointed Constable of Inverness Castle for his support of King Malcolm IV in the suppression of a rebellion in Morayshire in 1160. A son of Seach then assumed the name "Mac-an-Toisch," and thus began the Clan MacIntosh.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacIntosh research. Another 479 words (34 lines of text) covering the years 1263, 1314, 1336, 1396, 1411, 1594, 1704, 1715, 1745, 1746, and 1833 are included under the topic Early MacIntosh History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early MacIntosh Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the MacIntosh family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 112 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Faced by this persecution and the generally unstable political climate of those days, many Scots chose to leave their homeland for Ireland, Australia, and North America in search of greater opportunity and freedom. The colonies across the Atlantic were the most popular choice, but a passage there was neither cheap nor easily suffered. Passengers arrived sick and poor, but those who made it intact often found land and more tolerant societies in which to live. These brave settlers formed the backbone of the burgeoning nations of Canada and the United States. It is only this century that the ancestors of these families have begun to recover their collective identity through the patriotic highland games and Clan societies that have sprung up throughout North America. Research into early immigration and passenger lists revealed many immigrants bearing the name MacIntosh:

MacIntosh Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Daniel Macintosh, who landed in New England in 1651-1652
  • Enoch Macintosh, who came to Virginia in 1668

MacIntosh Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • James Macintosh, who landed in Maryland in 1716
  • John Mohr Macintosh, who arrived in Georgia in 1735
  • Lachlan Macintosh, who landed in Georgia in 1735-1736
  • Adam Macintosh, who settled in Georgia in 1736
  • Eneas Macintosh, who arrived in Georgia in 1738

MacIntosh Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Macintosh, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816
  • Jane Macintosh, who landed in New York, NY in 1816
  • Alexander Macintosh, who arrived in Michigan in 1820

MacIntosh Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Macintosh "Catanach", Scottish convict from Glasgow, who was transported aboard the "Anna Maria" on March 6, 1848, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia

MacIntosh Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Alex MacIntosh landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • David MacIntosh landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1842 aboard the ship Martha Ridgway
  • T MacIntosh landed in Nelson, New Zealand in 1842 aboard the ship Levant
  • W. A. B. MacIntosh arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Phoenix" in 1860
  • Elizabeth Macintosh, aged 32, a needlewoman, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hindostan" in 1875


  • Gavin MacIntosh (b. 1999), American actor, best known for his recurring role as Connor Stevens on the ABC Family drama series The Fosters
  • Grazia MacIntosh (b. 1955), American former association football goalkeeper
  • Craig MacIntosh (b. 1943), American cartoonist
  • Laird Macintosh, American actor
  • Hugh "Apples" MacIntosh (1927-1997), New York mobster and a close associate of Colombo crime family boss
  • John Macintosh (1821-1911), Scottish-born Australian politician, Member for East Sydney (1872-1880)
  • Charles Macintosh (1766-1843), Scottish chemist and inventor of waterproof fabrics, eponym of the Mackintosh raincoat
  • Kenneth "Ken" Macintosh (b. 1962), Scottish Labour Party politician, Member of the Scottish Parliament for Eastwood (1999-)
  • Henry Maitland Macintosh (1892-1918), Scottish athlete, winner of gold medal in 4x100 m relay at the 1912 Summer Olympics
  • Charles Rennie Macintosh (1868-1928), Scottish architect, designer, watercolourist and sculptor



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: Touch not the cat bot a glove
Motto Translation: Don't touch the cat without a glove.


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A clan is a social group made up of a number of distinct branch-families that actually descended from, or accepted themselves as descendants of, a common ancestor. The word clan means simply children. The idea of the clan as a community is necessarily based around this idea of heredity and is most often ruled according to a patriarchal structure. For instance, the clan chief represented the hereditary "parent" of the entire clan. The most prominent example of this form of society is the Scottish Clan system...


Septs of the Distinguished Name MacIntosh
Aeson, Aesson, Aisholm, Aishom, Aishomb, Aishombe, Aishome, Aishone, Aishoom, Aishoomb, Aishoombe, Aishown, Aishum, Aishume, Aison, Alder, Allder, Alters, Asholm, Ashomb, Ashombe, Ashome, Ashone, Ashoom, Ashoomb, Ashoombe, Ashown, Ashume, Asombe, Ason, Asone, Asoomb, Asoombe, Assolm, Assomb, Assombe, Assome, Asson, Assone, Assoom, Assoomb, Assoombe, Assown, Assume, Aulder, Aulders, Aysholm, Ayshom, Ayshomb, Ayshombe and more.


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

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