The saga of the MacWay family name begins among the people of an ancient Scottish tribe called the Picts
. The MacWay name is derived from the personal name Aodh,
a cognate of Hugh.
The Gaelic form of the name is usually Mac Aoidh
and in Inverness, the Gaelic form of the name MacWay is Mac Ai.
Early Origins of the MacWay family
The surname MacWay was first found in Sutherland
(Gaelic: Cataibh), a former county in northern Scotland
, now part of the Council Area of Highland, where early records show that Gilcrest M'Ay, forefather of the MacKay family of Ugadale, made a payment to the constable of Tarbert in 1326. It is claimed that the Clan
is descended from the royal house of MacEth.
Early History of the MacWay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacWay research.Another 597 words (43 lines of text) covering the years 1408, 1411, 1429, 1329, 1506, 1575, 1873, 1940, 1640, 1692, 1689, 1726 and 1692 are included under the topic Early MacWay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
MacWay Spelling Variations
Repeated and inaccurate translation of Scottish names from Gaelic to English and back resulted in a wide variety of spelling variations
with single names. MacWay has appeared MacKay, MacCay, MacQuey, MacQuoid, MacKaw, MacKy, MacKye, MacCoy, McCoy and many more.
Early Notables of the MacWay family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the Clan
at this time was Hugh Mackay (c.
1640-1692), Scottish general, Major-General Commanding in Chief in Scotland
in 1689, killed at the Battle of Steinkeerke; and... Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early MacWay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the MacWay family to Ireland
Some of the MacWay family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 253 words (18 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the MacWay family to the New World and Oceana
Many Scottish families suffered enormous hardships and were compelled to leave their country of birth. They traveled to Ireland
, but mostly to the colonies of North America, where many found the freedom and opportunity they sought. It was not without a fight, though, as many were forced to stand up and defend their freedom in the American War of Independence
. The ancestors of these Scots abroad have rediscovered their heritage in the last century through the Clan
societies and other organizations that have sprung up across North America. Immigration and passenger ship lists show some important early immigrants bearing the name MacWay: Denis McCoy and his wife Catharine, who were colonists in Amelia county, Virginia in 1719; Agnes, Angus
, Alexander, Anna, Catherine, Daniel, George, James, John, Margaret, Neil, Samuel and William McKay, who all arrived in Pennsylvania in 1772.
The MacWay 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.