× Home
×

Family Crest and History Search
House of Names
FREE SHIPPING on orders of $85 or more
An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2016


On the Scottish west coast, the McNeish family was born among the ancient Dalriadan clans. Their name comes 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 McNeish is a cognate of MacAngus and MacInnes.

McNeish Early Origins



The surname McNeish 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.

Close

McNeish Spelling Variations


Expand

McNeish Spelling Variations



In various documents McNeish has been spelled Since medieval scribes still spelled according to sound, records from that era contain an enormous number of spelling variations. MacNeish, MacNeice, MacNish, MacNess, MacKness, MacNeece and many more.

Close

McNeish Early History


Expand

McNeish Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McNeish research. Another 238 words (17 lines of text) covering the year 1522 is included under the topic Early McNeish History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Close

McNeish Early Notables (pre 1700)


Expand

McNeish Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

Close

McNeish In Ireland


Expand

McNeish In Ireland



Some of the McNeish family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 165 words (12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Close

The Great Migration


Expand

The Great Migration



Significant portions of the populations of both the United States and Canada are still made up of the ancestors of Dalriadan families. Some of those in Canada originally settled the United States, but went north as United Empire Loyalists in the American War of Independence. The late 19th and early 20th centuries saw the ancestors of many Scots on both sides of the border begin to recover their collective national heritage through Clan societies and highland games. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

McNeish Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Janet McNeish, who landed in New York in 1809
  • John McNeish, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1858
  • Thomas McNeish, who settled in Philadelphia in 1868

McNeish Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John McNeish, aged 23, a ploughman, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Helenslee" in 1864
  • Esther McNeish, aged 23, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Helenslee" in 1864
  • Elizabeth McNeish, aged 18 mths., arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Helenslee" in 1864

Close

Contemporary Notables of the name McNeish (post 1700)


Expand

Contemporary Notables of the name McNeish (post 1700)



  • Robert C. "Bob" McNeish (1912-1999), American college football player and coach
  • Sir James Henry Peter McNeish KNZM (1931-2016), New Zealand novelist, playwright and biographer
  • Cameron McNeish, British wilderness hiker, backpacker and mountain walker

Close

Motto


Expand

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.


Close

McNeish Family Crest Products


Expand

McNeish Family Crest Products




Close

See Also


Expand

See Also




Close

Citations


Expand

Citations



    Other References

    1. Skene, William Forbes Edition. Chronicles of the Picts, Chronicles of the Scots and Other Early Memorials of Scottish History. Edinburgh: H.M. General Register House, 1867. Print.
    2. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
    3. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    4. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    5. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and David Hicks. The Highland Clans The Dynastic Origins, Cheifs and Background of the Clans. New York: C.N. Potter, 1968. Print.
    6. Adam, Frank. Clans Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands 8th Edition. London: Bacon (G.W.) & Co, 1970. Print. (ISBN 10-0717945006).
    7. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    8. Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
    9. Warner, Philip Warner. Famous Scottish Battles. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-004-4).
    10. Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
    11. ...

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

    This page was last modified on 16 November 2016 at 15:10.

    Sign Up

      


    FREE SHIPPING on orders of $85 or more
    House of Names on Facebook
    Follow Houseofnames on Twitter
    Houseofnames on Pinterest