There are various surnames, better
known as Septs, that have connections by heritage to the
Clan Mackay. The Clan is basically a family and
the name is derived from a Gaelic word meaning children. The
Clan system emerged from the old tribes.
A family name becomes a Sept of a clan for various reasons: It
may be through marriage or by the family seeking protection from
a larger and more powerful neighbouring clan. Many names which
are recorded as septs may be clans in their own right and many
can be related to more than one clan.
The following list is not definitive but records most of the
Septs of Clan Mackay:
Allan, Allanson, Bain, Bayne, Kay, Key, MacAllan,
MacBain, MacCaa, MacCaw, MacCay, MacCrie, MacGaa, MacGaw, MacGee,
MacGhee, MacGhie, MacKay, MacKee, Mackey, Mackie, MacPhail, MacQue,
MacQuey, MacQuoid, MacVail, MacVain, MacVane, Morgan, Neilson,
Nelson, Paul, Pole, Poleson, Pollard, Polson, Reay, Scobie, Williamson.
(note: "Mc" is an abbreviation of "Mac"
meaning "Son of")
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