MacKintosh History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The MacKintosh surname comes from the Anglicized form of the Gaelic name, Mac an Toisich. MacKintosh is a patronymic surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames. Many patronymic surnames were formed by adopting the given name of an ancestor of the bearer, while others came from popular religious names, and from the names of secular heroes. The surname MacKintosh comes from the Gaelic name Mac an Toisich, which means "son of the chief, leader, or thane." Members of this distinguished Pictish family were originally found in Moray.

Early Origins of the MacKintosh family

The surname MacKintosh was first found in Moray (part of the modern region of Grampian). The MacKintosh family is said to descend from Seach MacDuff, who was awarded the lands of Petty and Breachley in Inverness-shire and was appointed Constable of Inverness Castle for his support of King Malcolm IV in the suppression of a rebellion in Morayshire in 1160. A son of Seach then assumed the name "Mac-an-Toisch," and thus began the Clan MacIntosh.

Early History of the MacKintosh family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacKintosh research. Another 424 words (30 lines of text) covering the years 1263, 1314, 1336, 1396, 1411, 1594, 1704, 1715, 1745, 1746, and 1833 are included under the topic Early MacKintosh History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

MacKintosh Spelling Variations

Scribes in the Middle Ages did not have access to a set of spelling rules. They spelled according to sound, the result was a great number of spelling variations. In various documents, MacKintosh has been spelled Kyntosh, Intosh, Intoch, Toshe, Tosh, McKyntosh, McKintosh, McKintoisch, McKintoch, McIntosh, McComtosh, McKintowse, McIntosh, MacKyntosh, MacIntoch, MacIntosh, McIntoch, Mackintowse, MacKintosh and many more.

Early Notables of the MacKintosh family (pre 1700)

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

Ireland Migration of the MacKintosh family to Ireland

Some of the MacKintosh family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 47 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States MacKintosh migration to the United States +

The cruelties suffered under the new government forced many to leave their ancient homeland for the freedom of the North American colonies. Those who arrived safely found land, freedom, and opportunity for the taking. These hardy settlers gave their strength and perseverance to the young nations that would become the United States and Canada. Immigration and passenger lists have shown many early immigrants bearing the name MacKintosh:

MacKintosh Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Henry Mackintosh, who arrived in Boston in 1702
  • John Mohr Mackintosh, who landed in Georgia in 1735 [1]
  • Lachlan Mackintosh, who arrived in Georgia in 1735-1736 [1]
  • Nancy Mackintosh, who arrived in Georgia in 1735 [1]
  • William Mackintosh, who landed in Georgia in 1735 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
MacKintosh Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Mackintosh, who arrived in New York, NY in 1832 [1]
  • Mrs. Geo D Mackintosh, who arrived in America in 1861 [1]

Australia MacKintosh migration to Australia +

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

MacKintosh Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Mackintosh, English convict who was convicted in Middlesex, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Aurora" on 3rd November 1833, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [2]
  • Robert MacKintosh, who arrived in Port Misery aboard the ship "Duchess of Northumberland" in 1839 [3]
  • James Mackintosh, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Thomas Lowry" in 1848 [4]

New Zealand MacKintosh 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:

MacKintosh Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. K. Mackintosh, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Norfolk" arriving in Wellington, North Island, New Zealand on 18th June 1880 [5]
  • Mr. A. Mackintosh, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Norfolk" arriving in Wellington, North Island, New Zealand on 18th June 1880 [5]
  • Lewis Mackintosh, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rangitikei" in 1884
  • John Mackintosh, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rangitikei" in 1884

Contemporary Notables of the name MacKintosh (post 1700) +

  • Richard J. Mackintosh, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from East Windsor, 1948 [6]
  • Kenneth Mackintosh (b. 1875), American Republican politician, Superior Court Judge in Washington, 1912-18; Justice of Washington State Supreme Court, 1918-28; Chief Justice of Washington State Supreme Court, 1927-28 [6]
  • John G. Mackintosh, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Massachusetts, 1888 [6]
  • George L. Mackintosh, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Indiana 9th District, 1928 [6]
  • John Mackintosh (1868-1920), Scottish founder of Mackintosh's, a confectionery firm, best known for Mackintosh's Toffee in 1890
  • Sir James Mackintosh (1765-1832), Scottish writer, jurist, politician and historian
  • Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868-1928), Scottish architect, designer, water colourist and artist
  • John Pitcairn Mackintosh (1929-1978), Scottish politician/educator
  • Hugh Ross Mackintosh (1870-1936), Scottish theologian
  • Elizabeth Mackintosh (1896-1952), Scottish novelist and playwright
  • ... (Another 8 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


The MacKintosh 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: Touch not the cat bot a glove
Motto Translation: Don't touch the cat without a glove.


  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. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 20th August 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/aurora
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) THE DUCHESS OF NORTHUMBERLAND - 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839DuchessOfNorthumberland.htm
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) THOMAS LOWRY 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848ThomasLowry.htm
  5. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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