MacKey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The MacKey surname is derived from the Gaelic MacAoidh; "Aoidh" is Gaelic for fire, as well as the name of a pagan god.

Early Origins of the MacKey family

The surname MacKey was first found in Sutherland (Gaelic: Cataibh), a former county in northern Scotland, now part of the Council Area of Highland, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the MacKey family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacKey research. Another 276 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1408, 1411, 1429, 1329, 1506 and 1575 are included under the topic Early MacKey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

MacKey Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: MacKay, MacCay, MacQuey, MacQuoid, MacKaw, MacKy, MacKye, MacCoy, McCoy and many more.

Early Notables of the MacKey family (pre 1700)

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

Ireland Migration of the MacKey family to Ireland

Some of the MacKey family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 63 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States MacKey migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

MacKey Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Mackey, who settled in Boston in 1651
  • Sander Mackey, who settled in Boston in 1651
  • Hill Mackey, who landed in New England in 1651-1652 [1]
  • Neile Mackey, who landed in New England in 1651-1652 [1]
  • Hugh Mackey, who arrived in America in 1652 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
MacKey Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Fran Mackey, who arrived in Virginia in 1718 [1]
  • Nancy Mackey, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1775 [1]
  • Thomas Mackey, who landed in New York in 1784 [1]
MacKey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Samuel Mackey, who landed in America in 1806 [1]
  • Thomas MacKey, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811 [1]
  • James MacKey, who landed in New York, NY in 1811 [1]
  • Ellen MacKey, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811 [1]
  • Daniel MacKey, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada MacKey migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

MacKey Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Edward Mackey, who settled in Chapels Cove, Newfoundland in 1785 [2]
MacKey Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Nancy MacKey, aged 24, a spinster, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Protector" in 1834
  • Michael Mackey, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1836
  • Bridget Weston Mackey, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1843

Australia MacKey migration to Australia +

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

MacKey Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Mackey, English convict from Kent, who was transported aboard the "Ann" on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia [3]
  • Mr. Daniel Mackey, British Convict who was convicted in Liverpool, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Asiatic" on 26th May 1843, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [4]
  • Mr. George Mackey, British Convict who was convicted in Liverpool, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Asiatic" on 26th May 1843, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [4]
  • William Mackey, aged 23, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Sibella" [5]
  • Ellen Mackey, aged 22, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Grand Trianon"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand MacKey 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:

MacKey Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Daniel Mackey, (b. 1800), aged 47, Irish settler arriving as Detachment of the Royal New Zealand Fencibles travelling aboard the ship "Sir Robert Sale" from Gravesend via Cork arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 11th October 1847 [6]
  • Mrs. Elizabeth Mackey, (b. 1811), aged 36, Irish settler travelling aboard the ship "Sir Robert Sale" from Gravesend via Cork arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 11th October 1847 [6]
  • Mr. Joseph Mackey, (b. 1845), aged 2, Irish settler travelling aboard the ship "Sir Robert Sale" from Gravesend via Cork arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 11th October 1847 [6]
  • Margaret Mackey, aged 21, a servant, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jessie Osborne" in 1867
  • Ann Mackey, aged 28, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Wairoa" in 1877
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name MacKey (post 1700) +

  • Maurice Cecil Mackey Jr. (1929-2018), American academic administrator, President of Michigan State University (1979–1985)
  • James Mackey (b. 1986), American poker player who has amassed over 1,700,000 in winings
  • Nathaniel Mackey, American poet, novelist, anthologist, literary critic and editor, winner of the National Book Award for Poetry in 2006 and the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize in 2014
  • Levi Augustus Mackey (1819-1889), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania (1875-1879)
  • Malcolm Malik Mackey (b. 1970), retired American professional basketball player
  • Kyle Erickson Mackey (b. 1962), former American football quarterback who played from 1984 to 1994
  • John Mackey (b. 1953), American businessman, current co-CEO of Whole Foods Market
  • John Mackey (1941-2011), American football tight end, inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1992
  • Edmund William McGregor Mackey (1846-1884), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from South Carolina (1883-1884)
  • Dick Mackey, American dog musher who won the 1,049-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race across the U.S. state of Alaska in 1978
  • ... (Another 52 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


The MacKey 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.


Suggested Readings for the name MacKey +

  • 1015 The MacKeys (variously spelled) and Allied Families by Beatrice MacKey Doughtie, Record of Robert MacKey and William MacKey and Their Descendants who Lived Mostly in Pennsylvania and/or Maryland by Wilmer MacKey Sanner.

  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. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Ann voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1809 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/ann/1809
  4. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 14th July 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/asiatic
  5. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SIBELLA 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/sibella1852.shtml.
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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