Mckay Family History

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Mckay Name Meaning

Scottish and northern Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Aodha ‘son of Aodh’, an ancient personal name meaning ‘fire’. Etymologically, this is the same name as McCoy.

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

Similar surnames: Mccay, Mccoy, Mcnay, Mccary, May, Mcclay, Mckey, Mcrae, Mackey, Mcroy

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Mckay Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Mckay name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Mckay. 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


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Norway


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Mckay Family Origin

Where is the Mckay family from?

Mckay Family Occupations

What did your Mckay ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Mckay family was Crofter. Fisherman, Shepherd and Farmer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Mckay. The most common Mckay occupation in the UK was Fisherman. 6% of Mckay's were Fishermans.

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  • Fisherman

  • Shepherd

  • Farmer

  • Crofter


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

Mckay Historical Records

What Mckay family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 514,000 census records available for the last name Mckay. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Mckay 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 213,000 immigration records available for the last name Mckay. 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 61,000 military records available for the last name Mckay. For the veterans among your Mckay ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Mckay Life Expectancy

What is the average Mckay lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Mckay life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1996. The average life expectancy for Mckay in 1941 was 70, and 75 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Mckay

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Mckay 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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