McNeece History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The western coast of Scotland and the desolate Hebrides islands are the ancient home of the McNeece family. Their name is derived from the personal name Naos, which is a dialectal form of Aonghus or Angus. The Gaelic form of the name is Mac Neis, which is derived from the earlier form Mac Naois; both of these mean son of Angus. Thus, the name McNeece is a cognate of MacAngus and MacInnes.
Early Origins of the McNeece family
The surname McNeece was first found in Perthshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Pheairt) former county in the present day Council Area of Perth and Kinross, located in central Scotland, 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.
Early History of the McNeece family
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McNeece Spelling Variations
Spelling variations were extremely common in medieval names, since scribes from that era recorded names according to sound rather than a standard set of rules. McNeece has appeared in various documents spelled MacNeish, MacNeice, MacNish, MacNess, MacKness, MacNeece and many more.
Early Notables of the McNeece family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the McNeece family to Ireland
Some of the McNeece family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 67 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
McNeece migration to the United States +
The descendants of the Dalriadan families who made the great crossing of the Atlantic still dot communities along the east coast of the United States and Canada. In the American War of Independence, many of the settlers traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Clan societies and highland games have allowed Canadian and American families of Scottish descent to recover much of their lost heritage. Investigation of the origins of family names on the North American continent has revealed that early immigrants bearing the name McNeece or a variant listed above include:
McNeece Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Samuel McNeece, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1878 
Contemporary Notables of the name McNeece (post 1700) +
- Tom McNeece, American professional Light Heavyweight boxer, brother of Tom NcNeece
- Tom McNeece (b. 1958), American Light Heavyweight boxer, winner the 1976 New York Golden Gloves, son of Billy McNeece, the American boxer
- John H. McNeece, American politician, Representative from Massachusetts 15th District, 1936
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The McNeece 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: Animo non astutia
Motto Translation: By courage, not by craft.
- ^ 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)