Origin of the Name Mack
family history was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. This name is said to be an old West Scandinavian name, from which the old placename Macwra in Yorkshire is derived. Mack is a surname of Scottish and English descent and is found in many ancient manuscripts in these countries. Examples of such are a John Makke, who had a safe conduct into England in the year 1424 and a William Mak who was recorded in Lanark, in the year 1503. A Bessie Mack in Saltoun was accused of witchcraft in the year 1629. Names were recorded in these ancient documents to make it easier for the overlords to collect taxes and to keep records of the population at any given time. When the overlords acquired lands by either force or as gifts from their rulers, they created charters of ownership for themselves and their vassals. In Ireland the name Mack has developed from the many Gaelic surnames that beginning with 'mac' meaning 'son of'. In County Tyrone Mack developed from the name MacEnroe and in County Clare it developed from the name MacNamara.
The Mack 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 Mack descendants.