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The ancient Dalriadan clans of Scotland spawned the name McNees. It 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 McNees is a cognate of MacAngus and MacInnes.

Early Origins of the McNees family


The surname McNees 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.

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Early History of the McNees family

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Early History of the McNees family


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Another 238 words (17 lines of text) covering the year 1522 is included under the topic Early McNees History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McNees Spelling Variations

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McNees Spelling Variations


In the Middle Ages, the translation between Gaelic and English was not a highly developed process. Spelling was not yet standardized, and so, an enormous number of spelling variations appear in records of early Scottish names. McNees has appeared as MacNeish, MacNeice, MacNish, MacNess, MacKness, MacNeece and many more.

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Early Notables of the McNees family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the McNees family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the McNees family to Ireland

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Migration of the McNees family to Ireland


Some of the McNees family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the McNees family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the McNees family to the New World and Oceana


Many settled along the east coast of what would become the United States and Canada. As the American War of Independence broke out, those who remained loyal to the crown went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these hardy Dalriadan-Scottish settlers began to recover their collective history in the 20th century with the advent of the vibrant culture fostered by highland games and Clan societies in North America. Highland games, clan societies, and other organizations generated much renewed interest in Scottish heritage in the 20th century. The McNees were among the earliest of the Scottish settlers as immigration passenger lists have shown: Thomas McNeish, who settled in Philadelphia in 1868; Michael McNish settled in Philadelphia in 1866.

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Contemporary Notables of the name McNees (post 1700)

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Contemporary Notables of the name McNees (post 1700)


  • Darren Alexander McNees (b. 1979), Australian cricket player from Nyah West, Victoria

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The McNees Motto

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The McNees 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.


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