by Lora McKay


Can you please tell me how McKay is meant to be pronounced?

My family is from California (two brothers emigrated from Northern Ireland together). Our family has always pronounced the surname "Mc-A".

We still have the family cottage in the north (near Bushmills) and many of us have been fortunate enough to spend time there. The locals pronounce the surname "Mc-EYE" in the area.

I understand that our family came to be in northern Ireland, as seven brothers came across from northern Scotland together. I am wondering if it would have still been pronounced "Mc-EYE" in Scotland originally? Or is this an Irish adaptation?

I believe that the Gaelic derivative "Mhic Aoidh" is closer to "Mc-A".

Many thanks,

Lora McKay

Posted on May 16, 2017, 7:06 PM
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  1. You're from my neck of the woods. Earl McGee, May 19, 2017, 7:49 PM
    1. McKay common name in the area in 1700's. Earl McGee, May 20, 2017, 3:10 PM
    2. Nice to meet you!. Lora Carroll, Jun 15, 2017, 3:00 PM

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