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since 1880
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Maclay

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Alt. Meaning

M is for mild, your mild and gentle way.

A is for attractive, inside and out

C is for compassion, your finest side.

L is for little, the little things you do.

A is for adaptable, for the world is full of unique challenges

Y is for yes, always open to new possibilities

Notable Persons With the Last Name Maclay

William Maclay was a lawyer, surveyor, pennsylvania legislature, u.s. senator, and pennsylvania. William was born on July 20th, 1737 in New Garden Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania. He passed away on April 16th, 1804.


Robert was born on February 7th, 1824 in Concord, Pennsylvania. He died on August 18th, 1907.


Samuel Maclay was an office holder. Samuel was born on June 17th, 1741 in Lurgan Township, Franklin County, Pennsylvania. He breathed his last breath on October 5th, 1811.


Joseph was born on September 6th, 1857. He died on April 24th, 1951.


His military service ended in 1840. Robert was born on February 19th, 1820 in Armagh, Pennsylvania. Robert is also known as Maclay and Robert P.. He passed away on May 20th, 1903.


Robert was born in 1834. He breathed his last breath in 1898.


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Popularity of Maclay as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Maclay U.S.
  White 94.90% 64.26%
  African American 0.00% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.91% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 0.00% 16.26%

Of Last Name Maclay

People with the last name Maclay are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Maclay

  • How Popular is the name Maclay? Maclay is the 71,792nd most popular name of all time. As a last name Maclay was the 63,524th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Maclay have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 11 babies born with the first name Maclay in the United States.
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Maclay? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1998 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Maclay first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Maclay is Wednesday, March 11th, 1891.
  • What year had the most people named Maclay born? The highest recorded use of the first name Maclay was in 1999 with a total of 6 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Maclay: Your name in reverse order is Yalcam. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Lmyaca. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Maclay? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 314 people with the last name Maclay.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Maclay? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Maclay as their last name since less than 1 person in 909k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
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