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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Mackay

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  1. A surname​.

Notable Persons Named Mackay

Baillie Scott was an architect. Baillie was given the name Mackay Hugh Baillie Scott on October 23rd, 1865 in Beards Hill, St Peters, [Broadstairs], Kent, England. He died on February 10th, 1945.


Mackay was born on January 23rd, 1845. He left this life on September 15th, 1901.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Mackay

George MacKay is an actor. He was most active from 2003 to 2003. George was born on March 13th, 1992 in London, England, UK.


Peter MacKay is a Deputy Leader of the Conservative Party, Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party, Minister of JusticeAttorney General of Canada, Minister of National Defence, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, Deputy . Peter was born on September 27th, 1965 in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia.


Fulton Mackay was an actor and playwright. His most notable accomplishments were from 1952 to 1987. Fulton was given the name William Fulton Beith Mackay on August 12th, 1922 in Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland. He left this life on June 6th, 1987.


Sir David MacKay is a scientist in the fields of machine learning, information theory, and sustainable energy. David was given the name David John Cameron MacKay on April 22nd, 1967 in Stoke-on-Trent.


Malky Mackay is a soccer player for the Queen's Park F.C., Celtic F.C., Norwich City F.C., West Ham United F.C., Watford F.C., and Scotland national football team. Malky was born on February 19th, 1972 in Bellshill.


Andy Mackay is a rock, glam rock, art rock, classical music, r&b, rhythm, and blues musician, songwriter, producer, educator, author, film scorer, and film score. He plays Alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, keyboards, oboe, violin, and vocals. He was most active from 1971 to present. Andy was given the name Andrew Mackay on July 23rd, 1946 in Lostwithiel, Cornwall, England.


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Popularity of Mackay as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Mackay U.S.
  White 91.97% 64.26%
  African American 1.55% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.13% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.39% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.53% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.43% 16.26%

Of Last Name Mackay

People with the last name Mackay are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Mackay

  • How Popular is the name Mackay? Mackay is the 24,333rd most popular name of all time. As a last name Mackay was the 3,600th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Mackay have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 243 babies born with the first name Mackay in the United States. That's more than enough people named Mackay to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Mackay? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1991 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Mackay first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Mackay is Sunday, September 23rd, 1883.
  • What year had the most people named Mackay born? The highest recorded use of the first name Mackay was in 2012 with a total of 13 babies.
  • Random Mackay Factoid: According to the 2014 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Mackay is not a popular baby boy's name in Utah. Imagine that, only 5 babies in Utah have the same name as you in 2014.
  • Weird things about the name Mackay: Your name in reverse order is Yakcam. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Caymak. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Mackay? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 9,886 people with the last name Mackay.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Mackay? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 3 of them will have Mackay as their last name.

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