Where in Ireland does the family MACKAY come from? Is MACKAY a common surname in Ireland?
The maps on this page are based on the 1901 and 1911 census of Ireland, the data for which is available here: Census of Ireland.
There were 2,288 with this surname in Ireland in 1901. The surname is ranked 382nd in Ireland in the same year, MURPHY is ranked 1st since it is the most common Irish surname.
There were 2,527 with this surname in Ireland in 1911. The surname is ranked 348th in Ireland in the same year, MURPHY is ranked 1st since it is the most common Irish surname.
The Rev. Patrick Woulfe provided lists of surname associations for Irish surnames in his book Irish Names and Surnames. Below is a list of these associatations for the surname MACKAY.
The Dúchas Surname Index is a set of surname associatations compiled as part of the work of the Irish Folklore Commission. Below is a list of these associatations for the surname MACKAY. This is not an authoritative index but it might help you to find both the Irish language version of your surname, if one exists, and also help in finding alternative spellings of the name in question. You can learn more about the index here: Dúchas Surname Index.
Map is based on households which had at least one member who had an occupation containing "Farm" or "Agri".
Map shows the percentage of people with the surname MACKAY who are Catholic in each locality.
Map shows the percentage of people with the surname MACKAY who are Presbyterian in each locality.
Map shows the percentage of people with the surname MACKAY who are Anglican in each locality.
List of consecutive consonant patterns associated with this surname:
When producing these maps, I use the exact spelling in the 1901/1911 Irish Census, with the following exceptions: All surnames are converted to their uppercase equivalents. I replace all occurrences of MC and M' with MAC. And I remove all non-alphabetical characters, such as hyphens, spaces, apostrophes and accents. This results, for example, in the names Mac Vey and McVey appearing together on the same map as MACVEY. Likewise, O'Neill, Oneill, ONeill and Ó Néill appear together as ONEILL and D'Arcy and Darcy are combined as DARCY. No other type of grouping is done.
A huge amount of effort has gone into the production of these maps and I have been very careful to ensure that the census data has been processed as accurately as possible. However, I take no responsibility should I have failed in any way in this regard. Nor shall I be held responsible for any errors on the official census website. As stated, the census is available online enabling you to confirm the information presented here for yourself. Enjoy!