The name Quy originated among the descendants of the ancient Pictish clans. It 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 Quy is Mac Ai.
Early Origins of the Quy family
The surname Quy 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 Quy family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Quy 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 Quy History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Quy Spelling Variations
During the Middle Ages, there was no basic set of rules and scribes wrote according to sound. The correct spelling of Scottish names were further compromised after many haphazard translations from Gaelic to English and back. Spelling variations
of the name Quy include MacKay, MacCay, MacQuey, MacQuoid, MacKaw, MacKy, MacKye, MacCoy, McCoy and many more.
Early Notables of the Quy 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 Quy Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Quy family to Ireland
Some of the Quy 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 Quy family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Quy Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- John Quy, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Stebonheath" in 1849 CITATION[CLOSE]
State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) STEBONHEATH 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Stebonheath.htm
The Quy 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.