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MacLay is a name that first reached England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The MacLay family lived in Lincolnshire, where they held a family seat at Claye.

MacLay Early Origins



The surname MacLay was first found in Lincolnshire where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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MacLay Spelling Variations


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MacLay Spelling Variations



The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. MacLay has been recorded under many different variations, including Clay, Claye, Cley, Cleye, McClay and others.

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MacLay Early History


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MacLay Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacLay research. Another 208 words (15 lines of text) covering the year 1086 is included under the topic Early MacLay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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MacLay Early Notables (pre 1700)


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MacLay Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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MacLay In Ireland


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MacLay In Ireland



Some of the MacLay family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 129 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. MacLays were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

MacLay Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Maclay, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746

MacLay Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Alexander Maclay, aged 22, landed in America in 1822
  • J C Maclay, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1872

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MacLay Historic Events


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MacLay Historic Events




RMS Lusitania

  • Miss Bessie Maclay, American 2nd Class passenger from Ridgefield Park, New Jersey, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking

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Motto


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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: Per orbem
Motto Translation: Through the world.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
    2. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    4. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    5. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    6. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    7. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    8. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
    9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    10. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    11. ...

    The MacLay Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The MacLay 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.

    This page was last modified on 13 November 2014 at 16:22.

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