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

The McKie family comes from the ancient Scottish Dalriadan clans of the mountainous west coast of Scotland. The name McKie is derived from the personal name Aodh, which is often Anglicized as Hugh. The Gaelic form of the name is Mac Aoidh, which means son of Aodh.


Translation in medieval times was an undeveloped science and was often carried out without due care. For this reason, many early Scottish names appeared radically altered when written in English. The spelling variations of McKie include Mackie, Mackey, MacHugh and others.

First found in Ayrshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Àir), formerly a county in the southwestern Strathclyde region of Scotland, that today makes up the Council Areas of South, East, and North Ayrshire, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Scotland.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McKie research. Another 269 words(19 lines of text) covering the years 1296 and 1304 are included under the topic Early McKie History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


Some of the McKie family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 156 words(11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


The hardy Scots who made the crossing settled all along the east coast of North America and in the great west that was just then opening up. At the time of the American War of Independence, many United Empire Loyalists moved north from the American colonies to Canada. Scottish national heritage became better known in North America in the 20th century through highland games and other patriotic events. An examination of immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name McKie arrived in North America very early:

McKie Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Jean McKie, aged 2, arrived in New York in 1774
  • Mary McKie, who arrived in New York in 1774
  • George McKie, aged 48, landed in New York in 1775
  • Samuel McKie, aged 26, landed in New York, NY in 1775
  • John McKie, aged 47, landed in New York in 1799

McKie Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Peter McKie, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1800
  • William McKie, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1800
  • Henry McKie, aged 30, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Andrew McKie, aged 29, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Thomas McKie, who arrived in America in 1843

McKie Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Alexander, David, Janet, Jean, and Samuel McKie, all arrived in St. John New Brunswick in 1775

McKie Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Daniel McKie arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Ceylon" in 1850

McKie Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Jane McKie a housewife, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Romulus" in 1862
  • Elizabeth McKie arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Romulus" in 1862
  • William John McKie arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Romulus" in 1862
  • Hugh McKie arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alfred" in 1864
  • Sarah McKie arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alfred" in 1864


  • Aaron Fitzgerald McKie (b. 1972), American retired professional NBA basketball player
  • Jason A. McKie (b. 1980), American football fullback
  • Roy McKie, American illustrator of children's books, best known for his work on many Dr. Seuss books
  • William McKie (b. 1886), British bronze medalist wrestler at the 1908 Summer Olympics
  • Sir William Neil McKie (1901-1984), Australian organist, conductor, and composer
  • Phyllis Gertrude McKie (d. 1983), Lady McKie, Canadian historian and photographer from Montreal who died in 1983
  • Ronald Cecil Hamlyn McKie (1909-1991), Australian novelist


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: Labore
Motto Translation: By labour.


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