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McKay Family History

Recorded in many forms including MacKay, McKay, Mackey, MacHugh, Makee, and Makey, this is a surname which can be either Irish or Scottish. It derives from the pre 10th century Old Gaelic name MacAodh, with the prefix "Mac" indicating "son of", plus the personal name "Aodh" meaning "fire". It was originally the name of an early pagan god. Traditionally Gaelic family names are taken from the heads of tribes or from some illustrious warrior, and are usually prefixed. Sometimes in Ireland this is by O', meaning grandson or male descendant of, or in both Scotland and Ireland Mac, as above.

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My Great Grandfather James McKay/died January 14th 1916 aged 71, had two sons Patrick and Peter, James was married to Ann O'Connell


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Neil Mackay June 15th 1882



Kathleen O'Donnell Frazie

Daniel McKay and Margaret or Mary McClennahan immigrated to Scotland circa 1840 with at least 4 of their children. At least 2 of the children were born in Antrim, more were born in Scotland. Both Daniel Sr. and Daniel Jr. died in West Lothian Scotland, I am not able to locate them prior to immigrating nor to locate Margaet/Mary after the death of Daniel Sr. Their daughter Margaret married my ggrandfather, Charles O'Donnell in 1863 and immigrated to the US.


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