Mackey Family History

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Mackey Name Meaning

Pronounced with the stress on the first syllable, this is Irish, an Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Macdha ‘descendant of Macdha’, a personal name meaning ‘virile’, ‘manly’. With the stress on the second syllable, it is a variant of Scottish and Irish McKay.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Mackley, Markey, Manley, Macken, Maxey, Lackey, Macey, Mckey, Mackay

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Mackey Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Mackey name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Mackey. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Mackey Family Origin

Where is the Mackey family from?

Mackey Family Occupations

What did your Mackey ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Coal Miner, Labourer and Annuitant were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Mackey. A less common occupation for the Mackey family was Bricklayer. The most common Mackey occupation in the UK was Coal Miner. 4% of Mackey's were Coal Miners.

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  • Coal Miner

  • Labourer

  • Annuitant

  • Bricklayer


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Mackey ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Mackey Historical Records

What Mackey family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 171,000 census records available for the last name Mackey. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Mackey census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 18,000 immigration records available for the last name Mackey. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 31,000 military records available for the last name Mackey. For the veterans among your Mackey ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Mackey Life Expectancy

What is the average Mackey lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Mackey life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1948, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Mackey in 1940 was 39, and 73 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Mackey

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Mackey ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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