The MacQuay surname was an Anglicized form of the Gaelic "Mac Aodha" from the word "adoha," which means "fire," as well as being the name of a pagan god.
Early Origins of the MacQuay family
The surname MacQuay 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 MacQuay family
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MacQuay Spelling Variations
of this family name include: MacQuay, MacCay, MacQuey, MacQuoid, MacKaw, MacKy, MacKye, MacCoy, McQuay, McCoy and many more.
Early Notables of the MacQuay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the MacQuay family to Ireland
Some of the MacQuay family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the MacQuay family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Denis McCoy and his wife Catharine, who were colonists in Amelia county, Virginia in 1719; Benajmin McCoy, who was an English convict sent to Maryland in 1744.
The MacQuay 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: Licentiam refroena
Motto Translation: Restrain licentiousness
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