MacKenzie History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

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.

Early Origins of the MacKenzie family

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.

Important Dates for the MacKenzie family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacKenzie research. Another 192 words (14 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 and printed products wherever possible.

MacKenzie Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the MacKenzie family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the Clan from early times was John Mackenzie (died c. 1561), or "John of Killin", traditionally reckoned 9th of Kintail, a Highland chief; Kenneth Mackenzie (died 1568), 10th of Kintail and nicknamed Coinneach na Cuirc (or "Kenneth of the Whittle"), a Highland chief; Colin Mackenzie of Kintail (died 1594), nicknamed "Cam" ("crooked", because one-eyed), a Highland chief; Kenneth Mackenzie, the first Lord Mackenzie of Kintail (c.1569-1611), a Highland Clan chief...
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Migration of the MacKenzie family to Ireland

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

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
  • Collen Mackenzie, who arrived in Maryland or Virginia in 1680 [1]
MacKenzie Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • William Mackenzie, who landed in Cape Fear, North Carolina in 1746 [1]
  • Mary Mackenzie, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1758 [1]
  • Anne Mackenzie, who landed in South Carolina in 1760 [1]
  • Duncan Mackenzie, who arrived in New York in 1770 [1]
  • John Mackenzie, aged 16, who arrived in Carolina in 1774 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
MacKenzie Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Hector Mackenzie, who arrived in New York in 1800 [1]
  • Philip MacKenzie, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811 [1]
  • Ralph MacKenzie, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811 [1]
  • Alex MacKenzie, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811 [1]
  • John MacKenzie, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

MacKenzie migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

MacKenzie Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Duncan MacKenzie U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [2]
  • Mr. Kenneth MacKenzie U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [2]
MacKenzie Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Elizabeth MacKenzie, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1801
  • Janet MacKenzie, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1801

MacKenzie migration to Australia

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

MacKenzie Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John MacKenzie, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Helen Thompson" in 1840 [3]
  • George MacKenzie, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Rajasthan" in 1840 [4]
  • Janet MacKenzie, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Rajasthan" in 1840 [4]
  • Sarah Mackenzie, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Angelina" on April 25, 1844, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [5]
  • Alex MacKenzie, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Baboo" in 1848 [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

MacKenzie 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:

MacKenzie Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Hugh MacKenzie, aged 50, a labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Blenheim" in 1840
  • Catherine MacKenzie, aged 46, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Blenheim" in 1840
  • Jane MacKenzie, aged 24, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Blenheim" in 1840
  • Peggy MacKenzie, aged 21, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Blenheim" in 1840
  • Mary MacKenzie, aged 17, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Blenheim" in 1840
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name MacKenzie (post 1700)

  • George Henry Mackenzie (1837-1891), Scottish-American chess master
  • Ranald Slidell Mackenzie (1840-1889), United States Army officer and general in the Union Army during the American Civil War
  • William Lyon Mackenzie (1795-1861), Scottish-born, Canadian and American journalist, politician, and rebellion leader, the first mayor of Toronto, an important leader during the 1837 Upper Canada Rebellion
  • Kenneth Ross MacKenzie (1912-2002), American nuclear physicist who co-synthesized the element astatine in 1940
  • Chief Boatswain's Mate John MacKenzie (1886-1933), United States Naval Reserve sailor and a recipient of the Medal of Honor
  • Will Mackenzie (b. 1938), award-winning American television director
  • Mrs. C. H. MacKenzie, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Minnesota, 1924 [7]
  • Berta S. MacKenzie, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 37th District, 1968 [7]
  • Bernice MacKenzie, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1964 [7]
  • Anne Mackenzie, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Florida, 1996 [7]
  • ... (Another 53 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the MacKenzie family

Air New Zealand Flight 901
  • Miss Margaret Joyce Mackenzie (1917-1979), New Zealander passenger, from Napier, North Island, New Zealand aboard the Air New Zealand Flight 901 for an Antarctic sightseeing flight when it flew into Mount Erebus; she died in the crash [8]
  • Mrs. Stella Vonomarie Mackenzie (1919-1979), New Zealander passenger, from, Auckland, New Zealand aboard the Air New Zealand Flight 901 for an Antarctic sightseeing flight when it flew into Mount Erebus; she died in the crash [8]
  • Mr. John Alexander Mackenzie (1917-1979), New Zealander passenger, from Manurewa, Auckland, New Zealand aboard the Air New Zealand Flight 901 for an Antarctic sightseeing flight when it flew into Mount Erebus; he died in the crash [8]
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Roderick Mackenzie, British Telegraphist, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [9]
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. James Maclean Mackenzie (b. 1919), Scottish Able Bodied Seaman from Polbain, Scotland, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died in the sinking [10]
RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. Kenneth Mackenzie, Irish Waiter from Belfast, Ireland, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking and was recovered [11]
  • Mr. Henry Mackenzie, Scottish Waiter from Edinburgh, Scotland, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [11]
  • Mr. Robert Anderson Mackenzie, English 3rd Class passenger from England, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [12]
  • Mrs. Mary Mackenzie, American 2nd Class passenger from New Bedford, Massachusetts, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [12]

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Citations

  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. ^ 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
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HELEN THOMPSON 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840HelenThompson.gif
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RAJASTHAN 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Rajasthan.htm
  5. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 27) Angelina voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1844 with 171 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/angelina/1844
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BABOO 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848Baboo.htm
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  8. ^ Mount Erebus, Memorial, Roll of Remembrance (Retrieved 2018, February 21st). Retrieved from http://www.erebus.co.nz/memorialandawards/rollofremembrance.aspx
  9. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  10. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
  11. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 7) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  12. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
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