Last name: McIntosh

This interesting name is of Scottish origin, and derives from the Old Gaelic "toisech" which has the meaning "chief, leader" or "front man". In modern Gaelic the spelling is "Taoiseach" (the title given to the Irish head of Government). The word also occurs in Old Welsh as a proper name, "Torisaci", and in modern Welsh is found as "tywysog", prince. There appears to have been two original septs of this name, one in Perthshire and the other in Inverness. In 1468, Laichlan Mackyntoich witnessed a charter by Alexander, Earl of Huntlie, to Alexander Stewart of Granetuly, and Duncan McYntosh was captain of Clancattan in 1492. In 1528, James V issued a mandate ordering the death of all men of the McIntosh clan. Probably the most familiar bearer of the name is Charles McIntosh (1766 - 1843), who invented the waterproofing of cloth with a rubber solution; hence, the garment "a macintosh". Donald Macintosh, keeper of the Gaelic records to the Highland Society of Scotland, 1801, compiled, "A Collection of Gaelic Proverbs", the first ever made. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Farchard McToschy, which was dated 1382, in "Parliament Records of Scotland", during the reign of King Robert 11 of Scotland, 1371 - 1390. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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I am from New Zealand ' my father is Scottish & Irish '. Always Proud of my name :)

Hello my name is Robert Lee McIntosh
I'm from the USA

my name is William McIntosh
im from the USA

Sherry Humphrey-Yates
I live in CO. My Great Grandmothers maiden name was McIntosh. We are from IL.

My name is Christopher Alonzo McIntosh
I'm trying to find out more about my last name an my ppl

Elizabeth McIntosh
Its nice to find out a little history on my surname and to find others with the same surname. Its our own past, present and future all held In a surname pretty cool. Me and my extended family haven't drifted to far from Scotland although we no longer have the accent that went generations ago

Lori McIntosh
Hi, I am researching my family tree and have come unstuck on my McIntosh Paternal line...I am in Australia and have so far only managed to go back about 3-4 generation. My father was Gerard Patrick McIntosh, his father was Patrick Lionel McIntosh, his father was John McIntosh who came to Australia from Northern Ireland. His father was Hugh McIntosh. Hugh married Margaret John married Bride Jane M Cannane Patrick Lionel married Lila Margaret Windley Gerard married Pamela Kay Gould (my parents)

My mother she related to McIntosh family. And I am daughter of her. Guess who I am? Hahaha I was born in France before she die year 1976. She's a queen of France. Give my love to the family all over to the world also the whole family. Love always Baby Lenore

jennifer mcintosh
trying to find out family tree i can only g as far as great grandparents

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