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Origins Available: Scottish-Alt, Scottish
The root of the ancient Dalriadan-Scottish name MacKenzie is the personal name Coinneach. The Gaelic form of the name is Mac Coinnich or Mac Choinnich, both of which mean son of Coinneach. However, In Adamnan, the Gaelic form of the name is Cainnechus, which is derived from the word cann, meaning fair or bright; thus, the surname is of the 'nickname' variety in this case.
The surname MacKenzie was first found in Ross-shire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Rois) a former county, now part of the Council Areas of Highland and Western Isles in Northern Scotland, which emerged from the Gaelic lordship of the Earl of Ross, 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.
Historical recordings of the name MacKenzie include many spelling variations. They include They are the result of repeated translations of the name from Gaelic to English and inconsistencies in spelling rules. MacKenzie, McKenzie, Kennethson, Kenneth, Kennieson, MacCoinnich (Gaelic), MacWhinnie, MacWhinny, MacWhinney and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacKenzie research. Another 383 words (27 lines of text) covering the years 1278, 1715, 1771, 1561, 1568, 1594, 1569, 1611, 1651, 1635, 1678, 1636, 1691, 1688, 1662, 1677, 1677, 1688, 1630, 1714 and are included under the topic Early MacKenzie History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 269 words (19 lines of text) are included under the topic Early MacKenzie Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the MacKenzie family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 101 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Descendents of Dalriadan-Scottish families still populate many communities across North America. They are particularly common in Canada, since many went north as United Empire Loyalists at the time of the American War of Independence. Much later, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the highland games and Clan societies that now dot North America sprang up, allowing many Scots to recover their lost national heritage. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name MacKenzie, or a variant listed above:
MacKenzie Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
MacKenzie Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
MacKenzie Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
MacKenzie Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
MacKenzie Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
MacKenzie Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
MacKenzie Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
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: Luceo non uro
Motto Translation: I shine not burn.
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...More
Septs of the Distinguished Name MacKenzie
Cluness, Clunies, Consnave, Cromarty, Enna, Enzie, Kena, Kenaugh, Kenna, Kennagh, Kennaugh, Kenneth, Kennethson, Kenset, Kensett, Kensit, Kenzie, Kiney, Kinna, Kinnawe, Kinneavy, Kinney, Kinnie, Kinny, MacAweeny, MacBeolain, MacCoinich, MacCoinnich, MacConnach, MacConsnave, MacEna, MacEnna, MacEnzie, Mackena, MacKenagh, MacKeney, MacKenie, MacKenn, Mackenna, MacKennagh, MacKenney, MacKennie, MacKenny, MacKeny, MacKenzey, MacKenzie, MacKenzy, Mackina, MacKinawe, MacKineavy and more.
The MacKenzie Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The MacKenzie 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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