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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.

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The surname McKie was 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.

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.


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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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

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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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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
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McKie Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Alexander, David, Janet, Jean, and Samuel McKie, all arrived in Saint 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
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  • Roy McKie, American illustrator of children's books, best known for his work on many Dr. Seuss books
  • Jason A. McKie (b. 1980), American football fullback
  • Aaron Fitzgerald McKie (b. 1972), American retired professional NBA basketball player
  • William McKie, American politician, Farmer-Labor Candidate for U.S. Representative from Michigan 15th District, 1936
  • Stanley G. McKie, American Republican politician, Member of Ohio State Senate from Hamilton County; Elected 1938
  • James McKie Jr., American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Washington County, 1842
  • George McKie, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Washington County, 1835
  • Ronald Cecil Hamlyn McKie (1909-1991), Australian novelist
  • Phyllis Gertrude McKie (d. 1983), Lady McKie, Canadian historian and photographer from Montreal who died in 1983
  • Sir William Neil McKie (1901-1984), Australian organist, conductor, and composer
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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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    Other References

    1. Warner, Philip Warner. Famous Scottish Battles. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-004-4).
    2. Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
    3. Moody David. Scottish Family History. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0806312688).
    4. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
    5. Donaldson, Gordon and Robert S. Morpeth. Who's Who In Scotish History. Wales: Welsh Academic Press, 1996. Print. (ISBN 186057-0054).
    6. Browne, James. The History of Scotland it's Highlands, Regiments and Clans 8 Volumes. Edinburgh: Francis A Niccolls & Co, 1909. Print.
    7. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
    8. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
    9. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    10. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
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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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