The many centuries old Dalriadan-Scottish name MacKeachey comes from /the personal names Eachan
The Gaelic form of the name is usually Mac Eachainn,
meaning son of Eachan.
However, The surnames MacGeachie, MacGeachy,
are derived from the Irish surname Mag Eachaidh,
variant of Mag Eochadha,
which means son of Eochaidh.
Early Origins of the MacKeachey family
The surname MacKeachey was first found in Knoydart
, where they were a sept of the MacDonalds, descended from Hector (Gaelic Eachann,) second son of Roderick MacDonald, 3rd of Moydart and Clanranald.
Early History of the MacKeachey family
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MacKeachey Spelling Variations
Spelling and translation were not standardized practices until the last few centuries. Spelling variations
are extremely common among early Scottish names. MacKeachey has been spelled McEachan, McGeachan, McKechnie, McGeachie and many more.
Early Notables of the MacKeachey family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the MacKeachey family to Ireland
Some of the MacKeachey family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 148 words (11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the MacKeachey family to the New World and Oceana
Many who arrived from Scotland
settled along the east coast of North America in communities that would go on to become the backbones of the young nations of the United States and Canada. In the American War of Independence
, many settlers who remained loyal to England
went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Their descendants later began to recover the lost Scottish heritage through events such as the highland games that dot North America in the summer months. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the MacKeachey family emigrate to North America: Joseph MaKecky (McGeachie), who arrived in Virginia in 1756; Thomas McKeachie, on record in America in 1797; Thomas McKeachy, who was in Ontario in 1844.