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The old Scottish-Dalriadan name McNish 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 McNish is a cognate of MacAngus and MacInnes.

McNish Early Origins



The surname McNish 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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McNish Spelling Variations


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McNish 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 McNish include MacNeish, MacNeice, MacNish, MacNess, MacKness, MacNeece and many more.

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McNish Early History


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McNish Early History



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

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McNish Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McNish Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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McNish In Ireland


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McNish In Ireland



Some of the McNish 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.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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 McNish were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

McNish Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John McNish, who landed in New York in 1799

McNish Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Michael McNish settled in Philadelphia in 1866

McNish Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. James McNish U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Joseph McNish U.E. who settled in Elizabeth Town [Elizabethtown], Leeds County, Ontario c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

McNish Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • D. McNish arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lord Goderich" in 1838 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LORD GODERICH 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838LordGoderich.htm

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Contemporary Notables of the name McNish (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name McNish (post 1700)



  • Allan McNish (b. 1969), Scottish commentator, journalist and former racing driver, three-time winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans and three-time winner of the American Le Mans Series
  • Ryan McNish (b. 1981), Canadian professional lacrosse player
  • Callum Leander William McNish (b. 1992), English footballer
  • Henry "Harry" McNish (1874-1930), nicknamed "Chippy", Scottish carpenter on Sir Ernest Shackleton's Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition of 1914-1917, he modified the small boat, James Caird, allowing Shackleton and five men to fetch help for the rest of the trapped crew, eponym of "McNish Island"
  • Cliff McNish (b. 1962), English fantasy and supernatural author for middle-grade readers and young adults, awarded the Calderdale Award (2011,2013) and the Hillingdon Secondary Book of the Year Award 2013

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Motto


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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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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LORD GODERICH 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838LordGoderich.htm

Other References

  1. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  2. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
  3. 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.
  4. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and Don Pottinger. Clan Map Scotland of Old. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1983. Print.
  5. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
  6. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
  7. Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
  8. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  9. 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.
  10. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
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The McNish Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McNish 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 25 August 2016 at 15:50.

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