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Mackie Coat of Arms Meaning

The four main devices (symbols) in the Mackie blazon are the lion passant, raven, arrow and tower. The two main tinctures (colors) are azure and argent.

The bright, strong blue color in Heraldry is known in English as azure, and similarly in other European languages – azul in Spanish, azurro in Italian and azur in French. The word has its roots in the Arabic word lazura, also the source of the name of the precious stone lapis lazuli 1A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Azure. Despite this, those heralds who liked to associate colours with jewels chose instead to describe blue as Sapphire. According to Wade, the use of this colour symbolises “Loyalty and Truth” 2The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P36.

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) 3Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53. In a sketch or drawing it is represented by plain, unmarked paper 4A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1847, P11.

There can be no animal more clearly associated with Heraldry than the lion, majestic King of the Beasts. Originally it appeared only in one pose, erect, on one paw, with the others raised 5Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 64 but such was the popularity of this figure, and the need to distinguish arms from each other, that it soon came to be shown in an enormous range of forms 6Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P136-141. The lion passant is an example of these modified form, showing the creature on all fours, as if walking proudly. In common with all reprensentations of the lion it can be taken to be an “emblem of deathless courage”. 7The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P61

Birds of great variety occur throughout heraldry, at least in name 8A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P233. In truth, despite the proliferation of species, the actual depictions can sometimes be hard to distinguish! The crane, heron and stork are commonly to be found on a coat of arms but all tend to share the same stylised appearance 9A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1847, P164. The raven is amongst the mjaor bird species to appear in heraldry.

Given the martial nature of the origins of Heraldry, in the identification of knights and men-at-arms it can come as no surprise that mediaeval weaponry of all types are frequently to be found in a coat of arms 10Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 89. The regular prescence of the arrow, both singly and in groups is evidence of this. In British heraldry a lone arrow normally points downward, but in the French tradition it points upwards. 11A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Arrow. The presence of an arrow in a coat of arms is reckoned to indicate “martial readiness” by Wade. 12The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P111

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Origin, Meaning and Family History of the Mackie Name

Mackie Origin:
Scotland

Origins of Mackie:
It is an ancient Scottish name, found especially in Stirlingshire since as far back as the 15th Century.  It is one of the anglicised forms of the Gaelic name “Mac Aodha”, a patronymic form of the particular name “Aodh”, “Fire”, originally the name of a pagan god, the whole name thus meaning “son (Mac) of Aodh”.  The name first listed in Scotland in 1491 in the Recordings of the Monastery at Scone, where William Makke appears as a charter witness. One Andrew Makky was a Burgess of Stirling in 1574.  The Galloway family of Mackies enjoyed great success and influence in the 16th Century and the first half of the 17th Century and were enthusiastic followers of the Covenanters, the defenders of Presbyterianism.  One Thomas Mackie, brother of Robert Mackie, a merchant in Forres, Morayshire, noted as being employed as a saddler in the town of Tonquier, Virginia, U.S.A., in 1767.

Variations:
More common variations are: Mackieh, Mackieu, Mackiee, McKie, Makie, Macke, Macki, Mickie, McKiee, McKaie.

Scotland:
The surname Mackie first appeared in Ayrshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Air), previously a district in the southwestern Strathclyde region of Scotland, that today makes up the Cabinet Areas of South, East, and North Ayrshire, where they held a family seat from early times and their first recordings appeared on the early poll rolls derived by the early Kings of Scotland.

The very first recording spelling of the family was shown to be that of Cucail Mac Aedha, dated about 1098,  in the “Moore’s, Manx Names”.  It was during the time of King Edgar of Scotland, dated 1097 – 1107.  The origin of surnames during this period became a necessity with the introduction of personal taxation.  It came to be known as Poll Tax in England.

Ireland:
Many of the people with surname Mackie had moved to Ireland during the 17th century.

United States of America:
Individuals with the surname Mackie landed in the United States in three different centuries respectively in the 17th, 18th, and 19th.  Some of the people with the name Mackie who arrived in the United States in the 17th century included Hill Mackie settled in Boston in 1652.  Hill Mackie, who arrived in America in 1652.

People with the surname Mackie who landed in the United States in the 18th century included Daniel Mackie, who arrived in Virginia in 1703.  Josias Mackie, who landed in Virginia in 1716.  Thomas Mackie, who landed in Virginia in 1767.

The following century saw more Mackie surnames arrive.  Some of the people with the surname Mackie who arrived in the United States in the 19th century included M Mackie, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1803.  George Mackie, aged 25, landed in New York in 1812.  Man] Mackie, aged 30, landed in New Orleans, La in 1835.  Joseph Mackie, who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1844.  John Mackie, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1846.

Australia:
Some of the individuals with the surname Mackie who landed in Australia in the 19th century included John Mackie, Scottish convict from Glasgow, who moved aboard the “Agamemnon” in April 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia.  G. Mackie, a sawyer, arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832. William Mackie, Scottish convict from Stirling, who moved aboard the “Andromeda” in October 1826, settling in Van Diemen’s Land, Australia.  Thomas Mackie, English convict from London, who moved aboard the “Anna Maria” in March 1848, settling in Van Diemen’s Land, Australia.  Samuel Mackie arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship “Florentia”.

New-Zealand:
Some of the population with the surname Mackie who arrived in New Zealand in the 19th century included John Mackie arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship “City of Auckland” in 1871.  Robert Mackie, aged 39, a farmer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship “Woodlark” in 1874.  Elizabeth Mackie arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship “Woodlark” in 1874.  Christian R. Mackie arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship “Woodlark” in 1874.

Here is the population distribution of the last name Mackie:
United States 7,912; England 6,840; Scotland 5,395; Canada 3,803; Australia 3,732; South Africa 1,498; New Zealand 1,493; Philippines 387; Wales 327; Northern Ireland 262.

Notable People:
Anthony Mackie (born 1978), is an American actor.
Bob Mackie (born 1940), is an American fashion designer.

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Blazons & Genealogy Notes

1) (Bargally, co. Kirkcudbright). Motto—Labora. Ar. in chief a lion pass. az. and in base two ravens pendent from an arrow fesseways sa. Crest—A raven ppr.
2) (Dowloch, Scotland). As the last, within a bordure engr. az. Same Crest and Motto.
3) (Auchencairn, co. Kirkcudbright). Motto—Labore. Ar. on a chev. betw. a lion pass. az. in chief and a raven in base of the second a tower of the first. Crest—A hand holding a dagger ppr.
4) (Larg, co. Kirkcudbright). Ar. a lion ramp. gu.

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1. A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Azure
2. The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P36
3. Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53
4. A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1847, P11
5. Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 64
6. Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P136-141
7. The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P61
8. A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P233
9. A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1847, P164
10. Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 89
11. A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Arrow
12. The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P111