Origin of the Name McIntosh
family history was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives.
Over the centuries Surnames developed a wide number of variants. Different spellings of the same name can be traced back to an original root. Additionally when a bearer of a name emigrated it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books at their new location. Surnames were also often altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another.
Variants of the name McIntosh
include Tosh, Mackintosh and McKintosh. There have been Chiefs of this name for nearly 500 years. In 1526 Lachlan, Laird of MacKintosh, was slain by James Malcolmson. The family captured Malcolmson an took there revenge. In 1550 William, fifteenth MacKintosh paid a friendly visit to Huntly Castle, but was beheaded by order of the Countess. In 1689 MacKintosh claimed Glenroy and Glenspean. Keppoch kept him out and defeated him at Mulroy, the last clan battle. MacKintosh died in 1704. His son, Lachlan, died in 1731 and for a century no son succeeded a father amongst the MacKintosh Chiefs. The Clan fought at Culloden but the Chief remained neutral. Aneneas MacKintosh of MacKintosh was created a Baronet by George the third. His kinsman, Angus MacKintosh, residing in Canada, succeeded him, and from him descended the subsequent Chiefs. Tosh is a variant of the name found in Ulster Province in Ireland .
The McIntosh coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all McIntosh descendants.