Origins Available: Irish-Alt, Irish, Scottish
Picts of ancient Scotland were the tribe of the ancestors of the McQuay family. The name McQuay is derived from the personal name Aodh, a cognate of Hugh. The Gaelic form of the name is usually Mac Aoidh and in Inverness, the Gaelic form of the name McQuay is Mac Ai.
Early Origins of the McQuay family
Sutherland (Gaelic: Cataibh), a former county in northern Scotland, now part of the Council Area of Highland, where early records show that Gilcrest M'Ay, forefather of the MacKay family of Ugadale, made a payment to the constable of Tarbert in 1326. It is claimed that the Clan is descended from the royal house of MacEth.
Early History of the McQuay family
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McQuay Spelling Variations
hundred years, scribes spelled according to sound. spelling variations are common among Scottish names. McQuay has been spelled MacKay, MacCay, MacQuey, MacQuoid, MacKaw, MacKy, MacKye, MacCoy, McCoy and many more.
Early Notables of the McQuay family (pre 1700)
Clan at this time was Hugh Mackay (c. 1640-1692), Scottish general, Major-General Commanding in Chief in Scotland in 1689, killed at the Battle of Steinkeerke; and...
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Migration of the McQuay family to Ireland
Some of the McQuay family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the McQuay family to the New World and Oceana
In those unstable times, many had no choice but to leave their beloved homelands. Sickness and poverty hounded travelers to North America, but those who made it were welcomed with land and opportunity. These settlers gave the young nations of Canada and the United States a strong backbone as they stood up for their beliefs as United Empire Loyalists and in the American War of Independence. In this century, the ancestors of these brave Scots have begun to recover their illustrious heritage through Clan societies and other heritage organizations. Early passenger and immigration lists reveal many Scottish settlers bearing the name McQuay:
McQuay Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
McQuay Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
McQuay Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name McQuay (post 1700)
The McQuay 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: Manu forti
Motto Translation: With a strong hand.
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