The surname MacKenzie is of Scottish origin. It is also patronymic, being one of those names derived from the first name of the father. In this instance, it comes from the Gaelic "MacChionnich"meaning "son of Coinneach". The personal name Coinneach is derivedfrom a Gaelic word which signifies "comely". The surname is recordedin Scotland as early as 1264. In that year one Macbeth Makkyneth was present atpleas held at Dull in Angus. Other early instances of the name in Scotland include one Johannes McKenzie who held lands in Killdin in the year 1606 and one Gilchrist Makkingze who was tried for felony in 1513. Documented variantsof the name include Makcainze, MkEnzi, McHinzie, McKanyee and Mackeanche. MacKenzie is the family name of the earls Cromartie and the barons Amulree. In1958, it was the sixteenth commonest name in Scotland. Notable bearers of the surname include Donald MacKenzie (1783-1851), the fur trader and governor of theHudson Bay Company. Sir George MacKenzie (1636-1691), the Scottish lawyer and politician who was a founder of the Advocates' Library in Edinburgh.
Blazon of Arms: Azure a stag's head cabossedor, between three fleur-de-lis argent one in chief and two in base.
Translation: Azure (blue) is associated with the church. It represents Loyalty and Truth. The fleur-de-lis is a symbol of faith, wisdom and valour.
Crest: A mountain in flames proper.
Translation: The mountain signifies High Aspirations and Hope.
Motto: Luceo Non Uro
Translation: I shine but do not burn.
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