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The chronicle of the name MacKay begins with a family in the Pictish clans of ancient Scotland. The name is derived from the personal name Aodh, a cognate of Hugh. The Gaelic form of the name is usually Mac Aoidh and in Inverness, the Gaelic form of the name MacKay is Mac Ai.

MacKay Early Origins



The surname MacKay was first found in Sutherland (Gaelic: Cataibh), a former county in northern Scotland, now part of the Council Area of Highland, where early records show that Gilcrest M'Ay, forefather of the MacKay family of Ugadale, made a payment to the constable of Tarbert in 1326. It is claimed that the Clan is descended from the royal house of MacEth.

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MacKay Spelling Variations


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MacKay Spelling Variations



When the first dictionaries were invented in the last few hundred years, spelling gradually became standardized. Before that time, scribes spelled according to sound. Names were often recorded under different spelling variations every time they were written. MacKay has been written MacKay, MacCay, MacQuey, MacQuoid, MacKaw, MacKy, MacKye, MacCoy, McCoy and many more.

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MacKay Early History


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MacKay Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacKay research. Another 597 words (43 lines of text) covering the years 1408, 1411, 1429, 1329, 1506, 1575, 1873, 1940, 1640, 1692, 1689, 1726 and 1692 are included under the topic Early MacKay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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MacKay Early Notables (pre 1700)


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MacKay Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable amongst the Clan at this time was Hugh Mackay ( c. 1640-1692), Scottish general, Major-General Commanding in Chief in Scotland in 1689, killed at the Battle of Steinkeerke; and...

Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early MacKay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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MacKay In Ireland


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MacKay In Ireland



Some of the MacKay family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 253 words (18 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included 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



The crossing to North America did not seem so great in comparison with the hardships many Scots endured at home. It was long, expensive, and cramped, but also rewarding. North America offered land and the chance for settlers to prove themselves in a new place. And many did prove themselves as they fought to forge a new nation in the American War of Independence. The ancestors of those Scots can now experience much of their once-lost heritage through the Clan societies and highland games that have sprung up across North America in the last century. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important, early immigrants to North America bearing the name of MacKay:

MacKay Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Hugh MacKay, who arrived in New England in 1651-1652
  • James Mackay, who arrived in Virginia in 1653
  • John Mackay, who landed in Virginia in 1654
  • Robert Mackay, who arrived in Maryland in 1658
  • Dunken Mackay, who landed in Virginia in 1695

MacKay Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Patrick Mackay, who arrived in Georgia in 1732
  • John Mackay, who arrived in Georgia in 1735
  • William Mackay, who landed in Virginia in 1735-1736
  • Donald Mackay, who landed in Georgia in 1735
  • Hugh Mackay, who arrived in Georgia in 1735
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

MacKay Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Mackay, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1803-1827
  • Thomas Mackay, aged 30, landed in New York, NY in 1804
  • Michael Mackay, who landed in Wilmington, North Carolina in 1804
  • James MacKay, who landed in America in 1805
  • Charles MacKay, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1811
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

MacKay Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • George Mackay, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Mr. Francis Mackay U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Thomas Mackay U.E. who settled in St. Andrews, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. William MacKay U.E. born in Scotland from USA who settled in Eastern District, Charlottesburgh [South Glengarry], Ontario c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

MacKay Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Angus Mackay, aged 24, landed in Churchill Factory, Canada in 1813
  • Betsy Mackay, who arrived in Churchill Factory, Canada in 1813
  • Elizabeth Mackay, who arrived in Churchill Factory, Canada in 1813
  • Angus MacKay, who arrived in Canada in 1815
  • Robert MacKay, who landed in Canada in 1817

MacKay Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Mackay, Scottish convict from Glasgow, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on September 3rd, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1820 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1820
  • James Mackay, English convict from London, who was transported aboard the "Adamant" on March 16, 1821, settling in New South Wales, Australia [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Adamant voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1821 with 144 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adamant/1821
  • Hugh Mackay, Scottish convict from Aberdeen, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on July 29th, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 151 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1823
  • William Mackay, Scottish convict from Perth, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 29, 1828, settling in New South Wales, Australia [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 24) Albion voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1828 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1828
  • W. Patterson MacKay arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Isabella Watson" in 1846
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

MacKay Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • A MacKay landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • Hugh MacKay landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • James MacKay landed in Nelson, New Zealand in 1840
  • Thomas MacKay landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • Thomas MacKay, aged 28, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duchess of Argyle" 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 MacKay (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name MacKay (post 1700)



  • Steve Mackay (1949-2015), American tenor saxophone player, best known for work with the Stooges
  • Barry MacKay (1935-2012), American tennis player, tournament director and tennis broadcaster
  • James Lyle Mackay GCMG, GCSI, KCIE (1852-1932), British colonial administrator in India
  • Fulton Mackay (1922-1987), Scottish actor and playwright
  • Alexander Murdoch Mackay (1849-1890), Scottish missionary
  • Sir David John Cameron MacKay FRS, FInstP, FICE (1967-2016), English Regius Professor of Engineering in the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge, Fellow of the Royal Society in 2009
  • David Craig Mackay (1934-2015), Scottish football player and manager, inaugural inductee to both the English and Scottish Football Halls of Fame
  • John Ross Mackay OC, FRSC (1915-2014), Canadian geographer
  • Lieutenant General Sir Iven Giffard Mackay KBE CMG DSO and Bar (1882-1966), senior Australian soldier
  • Lieutenant-General Sir Iven Giffard Mackay (1882-1966), Australian High Commissioner in India from 1944 to 1948
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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MacKay Historic Events


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MacKay Historic Events




HMS Hood

  • Mr. John Mackay (b. 1920), Scottish Seaman serving for the Royal Navy Reserve from Tolas-Dadh-a-Chaolais, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, Scotland, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Hamish Mackay, American 2nd Class passenger from New York, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. Charles Donald Mackay, aged 34, English Saloon Steward from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking by escaping in life boat 11
  • Mr. George William Mackay (d. 1912), aged 20, English Third Class passenger from London who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name MacKay


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Suggested Readings for the name MacKay



  • Family Tree Record by Anthony Steward MacKay Dickins.

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Motto


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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: Manu forti
Motto Translation: With a strong hand.


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MacKay Clan Badge


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MacKay Clan Badge




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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...

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Septs of the Distinguished Name MacKay
Baines, Bainnes, Banes, Bannes, Baynes, Baynnes, Bayns, Caghe, Caw, Cuaye, Ghee, Kaghe, Kaighe, Kee, Keighe, Kuaye, MacAoidh, Maccaa, MacCaghe, MacCahe, MacCaie, Maccay, MacCaye, MacCuay, MacCuaye, MacEy, MacGaa, MacGaw, MacGee, MacGhee, MacGhie, MacKaghe, MacKaie, MacKaighe, MacKaw, MacKay, MacKaye, MacKee, MacKeighe, MacKey, MacKie, MacKuay, MacKuaye, MacKy, MacKye, MacQuay, MacQuaye, Macque, MacQuey, MacQueye and more.

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Citations



  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1820 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1820
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Adamant voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1821 with 144 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adamant/1821
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 151 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1823
  5. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 24) Albion voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1828 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1828

Other References

  1. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. 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.
  3. Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
  4. Scarlett, James D. Tartan The Highland Textile. London: Shepheard-Walwyn, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0-85683-120-4).
  5. Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
  6. 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.
  7. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  8. Donaldson, Gordon and Robert S. Morpeth. Who's Who In Scotish History. Wales: Welsh Academic Press, 1996. Print. (ISBN 186057-0054).
  9. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  10. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
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The MacKay Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The MacKay 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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