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The Picts were the ancient Scottish tribe where the ancestors of the McKey family lived. The name McKey comes 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 McKey is Mac Ai.

McKey Early Origins



The surname McKey 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.

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McKey Spelling Variations


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McKey Spelling Variations



When the first dictionaries were invented in the last few hundred years, spelling gradually became standardized. Before that time, scribes spelled according to sound. Names were often recorded under different spelling variations every time they were written. McKey has been written MacKay, MacCay, MacQuey, MacQuoid, MacKaw, MacKy, MacKye, MacCoy, McCoy and many more.

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McKey Early History


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McKey Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McKey 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 McKey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McKey Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McKey Early Notables (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 McKey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McKey In Ireland


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McKey In Ireland



Some of the McKey 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.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



The crossing to North America did not seem so great in comparison with the hardships many Scots endured at home. It was long, expensive, and cramped, but also rewarding. North America offered land and the chance for settlers to prove themselves in a new place. And many did prove themselves as they fought to forge a new nation in the American War of Independence. The ancestors of those Scots can now experience much of their once-lost heritage through the Clan societies and highland games that have sprung up across North America in the last century. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important, early immigrants to North America bearing the name of McKey:

McKey Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Gervass McKey, who landed in Virginia in 1715
  • Alexander McKey, who arrived in North Carolina in 1740

McKey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James McKey, aged 36, arrived in New York, NY in 1803
  • Patrick McKey, aged 38, arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1803
  • John McKey, aged 52, landed in Rhode Island in 1812
  • Thomas McKey, aged 26, landed in Maryland in 1813
  • Ellen McKey, aged 17, who settled in America from Moylough, in 1897

McKey Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Annabella McKey, aged 26, who emigrated to America from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1904
  • E.E. Mckey, aged 26, who landed in America, in 1905
  • David McKey, aged 23, who landed in America from Hilltown, Co. Down, in 1906
  • Laura M. McKey, aged 30, who emigrated to the United States, in 1906
  • Helen McKey, aged 30, who emigrated to the United States, in 1908
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

McKey Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • A. McKey arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Orleana" in 1839 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ORLEANA 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Orleana.htm

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Contemporary Notables of the name McKey (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name McKey (post 1700)



  • J. J. McKey, American politician, Member of Minnesota State House of Representatives 10th District, 1864
  • Derrick Wayne McKey (b. 1966), retired American NBA basketball player from Meridian, Mississippi

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Motto


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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.


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ORLEANA 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Orleana.htm

Other References

  1. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
  2. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
  3. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  4. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  5. Moody David. Scottish Family History. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0806312688).
  6. Fulton, Alexander. Scotland and Her Tartans: The Romantic Heritage of the Scottish Clans and Families. Godalming: Bramley, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-86283-880-0).
  7. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  8. Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
  9. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  10. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
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The McKey Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McKey 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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