The first family to use the name McWhay lived among the Pictish people of ancient Scotland
. The name McWhay 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 McWhay is Mac Ai.
Early Origins of the McWhay family
The surname McWhay was first found in 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 McWhay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McWhay research.Another 597 words (43 lines of text) covering the years 1408, 1411, 1429, 1329, 1506, 1575, 1873, 1940, 1640, 1692, 1689, 1726 and 1692 are included under the topic Early McWhay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
McWhay Spelling Variations
Repeated and inaccurate translation of Scottish names from Gaelic to English and back resulted in a wide variety of spelling variations
with single names. McWhay has appeared MacKay, MacCay, MacQuey, MacQuoid, MacKaw, MacKy, MacKye, MacCoy, McCoy and many more.
Early Notables of the McWhay family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the 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... Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McWhay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the McWhay family to Ireland
Some of the McWhay family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 253 words (18 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the McWhay family to the New World and Oceana
Many Scottish families suffered enormous hardships and were compelled to leave their country of birth. They traveled to Ireland
, but mostly to the colonies of North America, where many found the freedom and opportunity they sought. It was not without a fight, though, as many were forced to stand up and defend their freedom in the American War of Independence
. The ancestors of these Scots abroad have rediscovered their heritage in the last century through the Clan
societies and other organizations that have sprung up across North America. Immigration and passenger ship lists show some important early immigrants bearing the name McWhay:
McWhay Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Samuel McWhay, who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1840 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
The McWhay 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.