Show ContentsMacIntosh History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the MacIntosh family

The surname MacIntosh was 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.

Early History of the MacIntosh family

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MacIntosh Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the MacIntosh family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the MacIntosh family to Ireland

Some of the MacIntosh family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States MacIntosh migration to the United States +

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 [1]
  • Enoch Macintosh, who settled in Virginia in 1668
MacIntosh Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • James Macintosh, who landed in Maryland in 1716 [1]
  • John Mohr Macintosh, who arrived in Georgia in 1735 [1]
  • Lachlan Macintosh, who landed in Georgia in 1735-1736 [1]
  • Adam Macintosh, who settled in Georgia in 1736
  • Eneas Macintosh, who arrived in Georgia in 1738 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
MacIntosh Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Macintosh, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816 [1]
  • Jane Macintosh, who landed in New York, NY in 1816 [1]
  • Alexander Macintosh, who arrived in Michigan in 1820 [1]

Australia MacIntosh migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

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 [2]

New Zealand MacIntosh migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

MacIntosh Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Alex MacIntosh, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • David MacIntosh, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1842 aboard the ship Martha Ridgway
  • T MacIntosh, who landed in Nelson, New Zealand in 1842 aboard the ship Levant
  • R. Macintosh, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Three Bells" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 13th July 1858 [3]
  • W. A. B. MacIntosh, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Phoenix" in 1860
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West Indies MacIntosh migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [4]
MacIntosh Settlers in West Indies in the 18th Century
  • Duncan Macintosh, a "Prisoner of the 45," sent to Barbados or Jamaica in 1745

Contemporary Notables of the name MacIntosh (post 1700) +

  • Gavin MacIntosh, 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
  • D. I. MacIntosh, American politician, Mayor of Quincy, Massachusetts, 1953 [5]
  • 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
  • ... (Another 11 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anna Maria voyage to Van Diemen's Land or Port Phillip, Australia in 1848 with 190 passengers. Retrieved from
  3. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from
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  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 15) . Retrieved from on Facebook