England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The MacLay family lived in Lincolnshire, where they held a family seat at Claye.
Early Origins of the MacLay family
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.
Early History of the MacLay family
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MacLay Spelling Variations
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.
Early Notables of the MacLay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the MacLay family to Ireland
Some of the MacLay family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the MacLay family to the New World and Oceana
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
MacLay Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Historic Events for the MacLay family
The MacLay 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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