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Mackie and Mackey Name Study

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Surnames/tags: Mackie Mackey McKey
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This is a One Name Study to collect together in one place everything about one surname and the variants of that name. The hope is that other researchers like you will join our study to help make it a valuable reference point for people studying lines that cross or intersect. Please contact the project leaders, add categories to your profiles, add your questions to the bulletin board, add details of your name research, etc.

Please add any information on Mackie and its variations that you think other researchers might like to know. This is a free space page for collaboration!

Mackie: https://www.wikitree.com/genealogy/Mackie
Mackey: https://www.wikitree.com/genealogy/MACKEY has own study
Mackay: https://www.wikitree.com/genealogy/MACKAY see: MacKay and McKay Study
Mckay: https://www.wikitree.com/genealogy/MCKAY see: MacKay and McKay Study
McKee: https://www.wikitree.com/genealogy/MCKEE

These are surnames of Scottish or Irish origin. Most likely derived from the Gaelic Mac Aodha ("son of Aodh") a patronymic form of an old Gaelic personal name which means "fire".








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My mother's maiden name is Mackie. I've hit a brick wall at Alexander Mackie III (abt.1750-) so I'm going to ask my maternal uncles if one of them would be willing to take a Y-DNA test if I sent them one. Do you know if many other Mackies have taken the Y-DNA test yet?
Hi I am descended from the Mackey family of South Shields, England and am trying to confirm/recheck the work I did a good few years ago now to see if it is accurate.

My ancestor is Sarah Mackey|Stephenson (1793-1873), daughter of Daniel Mackey and former widow Mary Sellars|Cousins|Mackey. Sarah Mackey married James Stephenson.

My father's DNA results have matches to Sarah's brother Richard Sellars Mackey born in 1806, confirming the identification of this Sarah.

William Brockie in his 1857 book states of the name Mackey:

'Mackay, Mackey, McKie, mac-Aogh, son of Hugh. Mackay, Pugh, Hewson, and FitzHugh, are in signification the same. Our South Shields and Newcastle Mackeys have a tradition that their ancestors came from Liddlesdale. Their great-grandfather lived at Dunterley, near Bellingham, in the early part of the last century. His son, Matthew Mackey, removed to Ponteland in 1745, and lived to the uncommon age of 105.'

I have been reading a lot about the origins of this surname this week to find out more, but firstly I need to try and confirm my Mackey line.

Sarah also had a brother Milbourne Mackey baptised in South Shields in 1813, but he seems from later census and death records to have actually been born before 1813.

From the name Milbourne, it looks like the father is probably the Daniel Mackey baptised in South Shields in 1756, son of Daniel Mackey baptised in 1730 in South Shields, who was the son of Daniel Mackey and Sarah Milbourne who married in 1717. Daniel Mackey baptised in 1756 had a brother also called Milbourne Mackey so then could have named his son after his brother.

However while the burial of Sarah's mother Mary appears to be in South Shields in 1820, I can't find the burial of her father Daniel Mackey to know his age at death. He was a mariner so could perhaps have died at sea, but at the moment I have no idea. I need to do a check on the other Mackey variants listed above.

There are potentially however other pathways from Daniel Mackey and Sarah Milbourne who married in 1717. They had a son John born in 1717 in South Shields and later a John Mackey (probably the same man) married in 1742 and had a son Daniel Mukkie in South Shields in 1744.

There is also a Daniel Mackey son of Thomas Mackey born in 1769 but I think he probably married Dorothy Wilson. So I am trying to workout all the Daniel Mackeys around South Shields and Northumberland which is a bit of a tricky task!

If anyone has done any research into the South Shields Mackeys, I would love to hear from you.

Also, does anyone know if the original research paperwork of William Brockie survives anywhere at all?

Thanks, Jon

posted by Jon Wicken
edited by Jon Wicken
I made a McKey McKee page for anyone wanting to join this page.


Great. the profiles are still part of the Mackie Name Study, as a variant name.


posted by Natalie (Durbin) Trott

I can take these 2 name studies. They have to many. Over there. These basically the same alternative names so I took those. Just ask for these surnames to be brought over I will help with efforts.

Hi Billie

Thanks for adding a link to your page. If we need to separate this name study into two, Mackay would be the dominant study, with Mackie the secondary. Laura would lead one, and I would lead the other. Your page would belong with the Mackie study.

Thanks for helping!

posted by Amy (Crawford) Gilpin
What ever you all desire I willing to move all McKee McKey to there own page so names don’t get mixed up. It confusing adding McKee to Mackie categories. The McKay should have their own page to add people to your study it be easyier to send them to you.


The problem is in some records the variant is used so you need to see when a variant may have come into use.
posted by Laura (Pennie) Bozzay
Yes my Mackey of South Shields line have a wide variety of variants in the parish register from Mackey, McKie, Mukkie and various others.
posted by Jon Wicken
Why break them off? I think we get more hits when the variants are in one place
posted by Laura (Pennie) Bozzay
The two studies would continue to be linked, however, since Mackay is the original surname, with Mackie and Mackee arising in Ireland (Ulster) much later, it makes sense to separate them and keep Mackay and McKay separate from the other variants. Each study is allowed the main surname plus two variants.
posted by Amy (Crawford) Gilpin
Here my McKee family brick wall like to add them to study.



I found a MacKey person in Brother-in-law family.




I'd like to join. I married into the McKee line in Pennsylvania.

I have Pennsylvania McKees as well. Mine was spose to come from Ireland to Pennsylvania.


Just created a new one name study and dna project for all variants of Mackie, MacKay or McKay, and McKee. Please join if you have any of these surnames in your line.
posted by Laura (Pennie) Bozzay