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Where did the Scottish McInnis family come from? What is the Scottish McInnis family crest and coat of arms? When did the McInnis family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the McInnis family history?

The root of the ancient Dalriadan-Scottish name McInnis is the personal name Angus. The Gaelic form of the name, Mac Aonguis, translates as son of Angus. Angus refers to the Pictish King Onnust who died in the year 761. While there are no direct links with this King in the history of the Clan or surname, there is a conjectural line, which may be adopted. The lands descended into the Barony of Innes in the County of Elginshire. However, the son or sons of Angus, originally from the Kingdom of Dalriada, were one of the three kindred houses, of the kingdom, the other two houses being the Gabran (the largest) and Lornetach which provided fighting men for the defense of the Kingdom of early Scots. For every twenty homes owned, they were obliged to provide two galleys, and so Angus, having 430 houses, provided a fleet of approximately forty galleys for the defense of the waters of Dalriada, generally those estuaries around the mouth of the Clyde.


Historical recordings of the name McInnis include many spelling variations. They include They are the result of repeated translations of the name from Gaelic to English and inconsistencies in spelling rules. MacInnes, MacInnis, MacAngus and many more.

First found in Morven, their earliest known territory. In 1230, the Clan suffered from King Alexander II's campaign against Argyll. The Clan, however, retained their castle Kinlochaline, which stands upon strategic rock in Morvern. A massive castle by early standards, today it is in ruins.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McInnis research. Another 290 words (21 lines of text) covering the year 1358 is included under the topic Early McInnis History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early McInnis Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the McInnis family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 169 words (12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Descendents of Dalriadan-Scottish families still populate many communities across North America. They are particularly common in Canada, since many went north as United Empire Loyalists at the time of the American War of Independence. Much later, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the highland games and Clan societies that now dot North America sprang up, allowing many Scots to recover their lost national heritage. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name McInnis, or a variant listed above:

McInnis Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John McInnis who settled in South Carolina in 1716

McInnis Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James McInnis, aged 46, landed in North Carolina in 1812
  • Daniel McInnis, aged 60, arrived in North Carolina in 1813
  • Duncan McInnis, aged 27, landed in North Carolina in 1813
  • Murdock McInnis, who landed in Massachusetts in 1875
  • John McInnis, who arrived in Iowa in 1876

McInnis Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Helen S. McInnis, aged 27, who landed in America from Wishaw, Scotland, in 1913
  • Archibald McInnis, aged 46, who landed in America from London, England, in 1916
  • Daniel McInnis, aged 43, who settled in America from Glasgow, in 1921
  • Albert McInnis, aged 22, who emigrated to the United States, in 1921
  • Alexander McInnis, aged 36, who landed in America, in 1922

McInnis Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Margt McInnis, aged 45, arrived in Canada in 1812-1814
  • Alex McInnis, who landed in Canada in 1820

McInnis Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Charles McInnis, aged 39, who settled in Toronto, Canada, in 1912

McInnis Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Allan McInnis, aged 26, a ploughman, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Melbourne"
  • John McInnis, aged 27, a ploughman, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Melbourne"
  • Farquhar McInnis, aged 19, a ploughman, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Melbourne"
  • Lachlan McInnis, aged 21, a ploughman, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Melbourne"


  • Hugh McInnis (b. 1938), American former NFL football player who played from 1960 to 1964
  • Mack McInnis (1934-2013), American politician, Member of the Mississippi House of Representatives 1976-1980 and 1992-2000
  • Jan McInnis, American stand-up comedian and professional speaker
  • Jesse Frank McInnis (1886-1959), American jurist, Judge of the Louisiana Second Circuit Court of Appeal (1952-1953)
  • David Lee McInnis (b. 1973), American actor, known for his work on Never Forever (2007), Typhoon (2005) and A Moment to Remember (2004)
  • Jeffrey "Jeff" McInnis (b. 1974), American retired NBA basketball player who played from 1996 to 2008
  • Scott Steve McInnis (b. 1953), former Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Colorado (1993-2005)
  • Marty McInnis (b. 1970), retired American NHL hockey player who played from 1992 to 2003, silver medalist at the 1996 World Championships
  • William B. McInnis, American politician, Delegate to New Hampshire State Constitutional Convention from Concord 7th Ward, 1956
  • Douglas E. McInnis, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Louisiana, 1988



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: MacAonghais a-rithist
Motto Translation: Again MacInnes


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

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