McIntosh History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The McIntosh surname comes from the Anglicized form of the Gaelic name, Mac an Toisich. McIntosh is a patronymic surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames. Many patronymic surnames were formed by adopting the given name of an ancestor of the bearer, while others came from popular religious names, and from the names of secular heroes. The surname McIntosh comes from the Gaelic name Mac an Toisich, which means "son of the chief, leader, or thane." Members of this distinguished Pictish family were originally found in Moray.

Early Origins of the McIntosh family

The surname McIntosh was first found in Moray (part of the modern region of Grampian). The McIntosh family is said to descend from Seach MacDuff, who was awarded the lands of Petty and Breachley in Inverness-shire and was appointed Constable of Inverness Castle for his support of King Malcolm IV in the suppression of a rebellion in Morayshire in 1160. A son of Seach then assumed the name "Mac-an-Toisch," and thus began the Clan MacIntosh.

Early History of the McIntosh family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McIntosh research. Another 424 words (30 lines of text) covering the years 1263, 1314, 1336, 1396, 1411, 1594, 1704, 1715, 1745, 1746, and 1833 are included under the topic Early McIntosh History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McIntosh Spelling Variations

Before the first dictionaries appeared in the last few hundred years, scribes spelled according to sound. spelling variations are common among Scottish names. McIntosh has been spelled Kyntosh, Intosh, Intoch, Toshe, Tosh, McKyntosh, McKintosh, McKintoisch, McKintoch, McIntosh, McComtosh, McKintowse, McIntosh, MacKyntosh, MacIntoch, MacIntosh, McIntoch, Mackintowse, MacKintosh and many more.

Early Notables of the McIntosh family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the McIntosh family to Ireland

Some of the McIntosh family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 47 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States McIntosh migration to the United States +

In those unstable times, many had no choice but to leave their beloved homelands. Sickness and poverty hounded travelers to North America, but those who made it were welcomed with land and opportunity. These settlers gave the young nations of Canada and the United States a strong backbone as they stood up for their beliefs as United Empire Loyalists and in the American War of Independence. In this century, the ancestors of these brave Scots have begun to recover their illustrious heritage through Clan societies and other heritage organizations. Early passenger and immigration lists reveal many Scottish settlers bearing the name McIntosh:

McIntosh Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Alexander McIntosh, who arrived in Maryland in 1716 [1]
  • Duncan McIntosh, who arrived in South Carolina in 1716 [1]
  • Ewen McIntosh, who arrived in South Carolina in 1716 [1]
  • Lang McIntosh, who landed in Virginia in 1716 [1]
  • Loughlan McIntosh, who arrived in Maryland in 1716 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
McIntosh Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Thomas McIntosh, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1803 [1]
  • Andrew McIntosh, who landed in Savanna(h), Georgia in 1805 [1]
  • Angus McIntosh, who arrived in America in 1812 [1]
  • Allen McIntosh, aged 51, who arrived in New York in 1812 [1]
  • James McIntosh, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1812 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada McIntosh migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McIntosh Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. John McIntosh U.E. who settled in Belle Vue, Beaver Harbour, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783 [2]
  • Mr. John McIntosh U.E., (Glass) who settled in Canada c. 1784 [2]
  • Mr. Malcolm McIntosh U.E. who settled in Carleton, [Saint John West] New Brunswick c. 1784 [2]
  • Mr. Peter McIntosh U.E. (b. 1760) born in Inverness, Scotland who settled in South Glengarry, [Lancaster], Ontario c. 1784 he served in the Kings Royal Regiment of New York, married to Jane Fraser, he died in 1813 [2]
  • Mr. Peter McIntosh U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1784 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
McIntosh Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Ann McIntosh, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1801
  • Anne McIntosh, aged 2, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1801
  • Anne McIntosh, aged 8, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1801
  • Christian McIntosh, aged 3, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1801
  • Donald McIntosh, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1801
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia McIntosh migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

McIntosh Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Robert McIntosh, Scottish convict from Glasgow, who was transported aboard the "America" on April 4, 1829, settling in New South Wales, Australia [3]
  • Mr. John Mcintosh, (b. 1818), aged 16, Scottish convict who was convicted in Aberdeen, Scotland for 7 years for pick pocketing, transported aboard the "Bengal Merchant" on 27th September 1834, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [4]
  • Miss. Ann McIntosh, British Convict who was convicted in Newcastle Upon Tyne, Northumberland, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Asia" on 9th March 1847, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [5]
  • William McIntosh, Scottish convict from Edinburgh, who was transported aboard the "Anna Maria" on March 6, 1848, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [6]
  • Donald McIntosh, aged 29, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Agincourt" in 1850 [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand McIntosh migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

McIntosh Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • William McINTOSH, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Duchess of Argyle
  • Charles Hunter McINTOSH, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Portenia
  • Alexander McIntosh, aged 40, a farm labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "London" in 1840
  • Margaret McIntosh, aged 39, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "London" in 1840
  • John McIntosh, aged 10, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "London" in 1840
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name McIntosh (post 1700) +

  • James "Jim" Stewart McIntosh (1930-2018), American silver medalist rower at the 1956 Summer Olympics
  • Elizabeth "Betty" Peet McIntosh (1915-2015), American spy, known for her undercover work during World War II who lived to be 100 years old
  • Maggie McIntosh (b. 1947), U.S. politician from Maryland
  • D. A. McIntosh, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Mississippi, 1912, 1916 [8]
  • C. H. McIntosh, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Nevada, 1912 (Honorary Vice-President) [8]
  • Blanche McIntosh, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Minnesota, 1948 [8]
  • Anne McIntosh, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Virginia, 1964 [8]
  • Angus McIntosh, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Schenectady County, 1858 [8]
  • Alexander C. McIntosh, American politician, Member of North Carolina House of Commons from Iredell County, 1848-49 [8]
  • Alan C. McIntosh, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Minnesota, 1952 [8]
  • ... (Another 53 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Halifax Explosion
  • Ms. Annie McIntosh, Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [9]
  • Master William  McIntosh (1911-1917), Canadian resident from Protestant Orphanage, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [9]
  • Mr. Joseph D.  McIntosh (1874-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [9]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. Harry George Mcintosh, American Seaman First Class from Virginia, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [10]


The McIntosh 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: Touch not the cat bot a glove
Motto Translation: Don't touch the cat without a glove.


Suggested Readings for the name McIntosh +

  • 751 McIntosh by Walter H. McIntosh.

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 26) America voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1829 with 176 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/america/1829
  4. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 7th October 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/bengal-merchant
  5. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 14th February 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1847
  6. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anna Maria voyage to Van Diemen's Land or Port Phillip, Australia in 1848 with 190 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anna-maria/1848
  7. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The AGINCOURT 1850. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850Agincourt.htm
  8. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 23) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  9. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
  10. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html


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