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The ancient Dalriadan clans of Scotland spawned the name MacIsaac. It is derived from the personal name Isaac. The Gaelic forms of the name are Mac Isaac or Mac Iosaig, both of which mean son of Isaac.

MacIsaac Early Origins



The surname MacIsaac was first found in Inverness, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

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MacIsaac Spelling Variations


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MacIsaac Spelling Variations



In the Middle Ages, the translation between Gaelic and English was not a highly developed process. Spelling was not yet standardized, and so, an enormous number of spelling variations appear in records of early Scottish names. MacIsaac has appeared as MacIsaac, MacIsaack and others.

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MacIsaac Early History


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MacIsaac Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacIsaac research. Another 241 words (17 lines of text) covering the year 1685 is included under the topic Early MacIsaac History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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MacIsaac Early Notables (pre 1700)


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MacIsaac Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early MacIsaac Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Many settled along the east coast of what would become the United States and Canada. As the American War of Independence broke out, those who remained loyal to the crown went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these hardy Dalriadan-Scottish settlers began to recover their collective history in the 20th century with the advent of the vibrant culture fostered by highland games and Clan societies in North Ameri ca. Highland games, clan societies, and other organizations generated much renewed interest in Scottish heritage in the 20th century. The MacIsaac were among the earliest of the Scottish settlers as immigration passenger lists have shown:

MacIsaac Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Malcolm MacIsaac settled in New York in 1775

MacIsaac Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John MacIsaac, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1801
  • Dougal MacIsaac settled in Sandy Point, Newfoundland in 1870 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  • Alexander MacIsaac of Cod Rivers settled in Sandy Point, Newfoundland in 1871 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0

MacIsaac Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Richard Macisaac, aged 32, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Clifford" in 1842
  • Jean Macisaac, aged 30, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Clifford" in 1842
  • Robert Macisaac, aged 13, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Clifford" in 1842
  • Richard Macisaac, aged 10, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Clifford" in 1842
  • Jean Macisaac, aged 8, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Clifford" in 1842
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name MacIsaac (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name MacIsaac (post 1700)



  • David MacIsaac (b. 1972), American former professional ice hockey player, current Head Coach of the Icelandic National Men's Hockey team
  • John Laughlin MacIsaac (1870-1941), Canadian physician and politician who represented Antigonish County in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly from 1925 to 1941
  • John A. "Jack" MacIsaac (b. 1939), Canadian politician, MLA for Pictou Centre, Nova Scotia (1977-1993)
  • Gregory "Greg" MacIsaac (b. 1945), Canadian politician, MLA for Richmond Nova Scotia (1981-1988)
  • Al MacIsaac (b. 1967), Canadian Vice President, Hockey Operations of the Chicago Blackhawks Hockey Club
  • Alexander Angus “Tando” MacIsaac (1907-1968), Canadian politician and Member of the Legislature for Guysborough, Nova Scotia (1960-1968), father of Angus "Tando" MacIsaac
  • Steve MacIsaac, Canadian comics artist and creator
  • Peter A. MacIsaac (1878-1969), Canadian dairy farmer and politician on Prince Edward Island who represented 1st Kings in the Legislative Assembly of Prince Edward Island from 1935 to 1943
  • Martha MacIsaac (b. 1984), Canadian television and film actress, and former child actress, best known for her role of Becca in the 2007 teen comedy Superbad
  • Jason MacIsaac, Canadian founding member and principal songwriter for the orchestral pop group The Heavy Blinkers
  • ... (Another 8 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0

Other References

  1. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  2. Fulton, Alexander. Scotland and Her Tartans: The Romantic Heritage of the Scottish Clans and Families. Godalming: Bramley, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-86283-880-0).
  3. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Scots Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Mordern Application of the Art and Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
  4. Black, George F. The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3).
  5. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. The Charters of David I The Written Acts of David I King of Scots, 1124-53 and of His Son Henry, Earl of Northumerland, 1139-52. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 1999. Print.
  6. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  7. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
  8. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  9. Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
  10. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
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The MacIsaac Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The MacIsaac 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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