The old Scottish-Dalriadan name McKissick is derived from the personal nameIsaac. The Gaelic forms of the name are Mac Isaac or Mac Iosaig, both of which mean son of Isaac.
Early Origins of the McKissick family
The surname McKissick was first found in Inverness, 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 Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
Important Dates for the McKissick family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McKissick research. Another 106 words (8 lines of text) covering the year 1685 is included under the topic Early McKissick History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
McKissick Spelling Variations
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 McKissick include MacIsaac, MacIsaack and others.
Early Notables of the McKissick family (pre 1700)
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McKissick migration to the United States
These settlers arrived in North America at a time when the east was burgeoning with prosperous colonies and the expanses of the west were just being opened up. The American War of Independence was also imminent. Some Scots stayed to fight for a new country, while others who remained loyal went north as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of them went on to rediscover their heritage in the 20th century through highland games and other patriotic Scottish events. The McKissick were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:
McKissick Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Jedidiah Zebediah McKissick, who landed in Maine in 1768 
Contemporary Notables of the name McKissick (post 1700)
Floyd Bixler McKissick (1922-1991), the first African American student at the University of North Carolina, American civil rights advocate and author
Floyd B. McKissick Jr. (b. 1952), American North Carolina attorney and member of the North Carolina Senate, son of Floyd Bixler McKissick
Thomas McKissick Jones (1816-1892), American prominent Tennessee politician
John McKissick (b. 1926), American high school football coach, the first coach to win 600 career games, inducted into the National High School Hall of Fame in 1990
^ 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)
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