Origin, Meaning and Family History of the Mack Name
Origins of Name:
The surname of Mack is of both Scottish and English origins. The surname of Mack is believed to have derived from the Yorkshire surname of “Macwra” which itself is said to have derived from the Danish-Viking Personal name of “Makr.” Another possibility for the origin of the surname of Mack is that it comes from the Old English and Old Gaelic Pre 7th Century surname of “Macrath” which can be translated to mean “the son of the graceful one.”
More common variations are:
Macke, Macky, Macko, Maack, Mauck, Macki, Maeck, Meack, Maick, Mac
The first recorded spelling of the surname of Mack was found in the country of England and was found in this country in the year of 1424. John Makke, who was from the city of Berwick was granted special privileges by the king at this time. He was said to have been granted safe conduct into the country of England. This safe conduct was ordered, decreed, and carried out by King James I of Scotland. King James I ruled from the year 1406 to the year 1437. Other mentions of this surname include John Mack, who was recorded as a boundary witness in the year 1651, and Marion Mack who was a burgess of Kircudbright in the year of 1800. In England, those who bear this surname of Mack can be found in high concentrations in the areas of Lancashire, Northumberland, Durham, Yorkshire, Berwickshire, Lincolnshire counties, the city of London and Hampshire county. In the country of Scotland, those who carry the surname of Mack can be found in the counties of Midlothian, Renfrewshire and Lanarkshire in large populations, but are scattered throughout the country.
United States of America:
During the European Migration, settlers across Europe decided to leave their homes, and sought after a better life. This new life was largely available in the United States of America, which at that time was referred to as The New World, or The Colonies, and promised freedom from religious persecution, new fulfilling and largely available work, and land. However, during the long voyages that it took to make it to the United States, the vessels of travel were cramped, allowing for the spread of disease among much of the traveling population. This not only left some travelers deceased en route to their new life, it also caused many of the emigrating passengers that would eventually arrive in the New World fraught with disease. Because of this spread of disease, or lack of recording, there are only a few members of the Mack family who made it to the United States of America, and these settlers who bore this surname came 30 years into the European Migration. The first person to bear the surname of Mack in the United States of America was one Henry Mack, who settled in the city of Boston, in the state of Massachusetts in the year of 1651. Shortly after his arrival, one William Mack landed in the state of Maryland in the year 1652. Those who carry this surname of Mack can be found in high concentrations throughout the United States of America. These areas are New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and New Jersey. Other locations include Florida, South Carolina, Texas, and the state of Alabama.
United States 77,651
South Africa 3,123
Papua New Guinea 1,993
William Edward Mack (1958-1988) who was a puppeteer from New York, New York, who flew on board of the Pan Am Flight 103, from Frankfurt to Detroit, which was known as the Lockerbie Bombing, in the year 1988, and died in the event
Cecil Mack (1883-1944) who was a composer from America, and a lyricist, and music publisher
Andrew Mack (1863-1931) who was a vaudevillian from America, and was also an actor, singer, and songwriter
Thomas Mack, who was an Alternate Delegate to the Republican National Convention from the state of Vermont in the year 1904, and was a Republican politician from America
Tony Mack, who was an Alternate Delegate to the Democratic National Convention from New Jersey in the year 2000, and was a Democratic politician from America
Walter S. Mack Jr., who was a Candidate for the New York State Senate in the 17th District in the year 0f 1932, and was a Delegate to the Republication National Convention from the state of New York in the year 1940, and was a Republican politician from America
Mack Coat of Arms Meaning
The two main devices (symbols) in the Mack blazon are the mullet and chevron. The two main tinctures (colors) are argent and gules.
Argent is the heraldic metal Silver and is usually shown as very pure white. It is also known more poetically as pearl, moon (or luna) . In a sketch or drawing it is represented by plain, unmarked paper .
Red in heraldry is given the name Gules, sometimes said to be the “martyr’s colour”. The colour is also associated with Mars, the red planet, and the zodiacal sign Aries . Later heralds of a more poetical nature would sometimes refer to the colour as ruby, after the precious stone..
The heraldic mullet, not to be confused with the fish of that name, is shown as a regular, five pointed star. This was originally, not an astronomical object, but represented the spur on a horseman’s boot, especially when peirced, with a small circular hole in the centre it represents a type of spur known as a “rowel” . A clear example can be found in the arms of Harpendene, argent, a mullet pierced gules. The ancient writer Guillim associated such spurs in gold as belonging to the Knight, and the silver to their esquires . In later years, Wade linked this five pointed star with the true celestial object, the estoile and termed it a “falling star”, symbolising a “divine quality bestowed from above” .
The chevron is one the major shapes used upon a shield, known as ordinaries. The inverted ‘V’ of the chevron is perhaps thought to have originated to represent a military scarf folded on the shield , or additional cross-pieces used to strengthen the shield and painted a different colour.. It has also acquired the meaning of “Protection… granted… to one who has achieved some notable enterprise” , possibly becuase of its resemblance to the roof truss of a house.