Skip to content
  • Start your family tree

Origins of the McKay surname

A collage of historical images including two family portraits and a postcard of people boarding a ship

About the McKays

We have a total number of 178952 records for people with the last name McKay.

Find out more about your family in our records

or try an advanced search

I’ve managed to trace back to the mid-1500s! I can’t believe it! Utterly engrossing and I have uncovered some quite moving and heartbreaking stories attached to various ancestors. You don’t need any qualifications to start - just time patience, and some information.

SS
Stuart
TrustPilot review
1 of 3

Start your family tree

Trace your family back in time. Make new discoveries and see what other Findmypast family historians in our genealogy community have discovered about the McKays.

Sign up to get started

Delve deeper into the McKay family's history

Where do most McKays live?

In 1921, most McKays lived in London.


Census records trace your ancestors through each generation, so you can follow where your relatives lived through each decade.

Interesting facts about McKays

How common is your surname?

553rd most common surname in the UK

We have 125,000 records for the McKay surname. The oldest one dates back to 1749.

Who were McKays most likely to marry?

Mc Kays

&

Smiths

Our Marriage record sets tell us which families married McKays.

What are the most common McKay first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Margaret

Our birth record sets tell us the names of McKay family members

Common jobs for McKays

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for McKays in 1921
Domestic Servant

809

F S

749

Pauper

586

Dressmaker

570

Housekeeper

464

Common Male occupations for McKays in 1921
Fisherman

1,653

Crofter

920

Tailor

651

Farm Servant

548

General Labourer

542

An image of a census transcript and a picture of a dairy farmer holding two milk jugs

Census records provide incredible detail on names, ages, marital statuses, occupations and more.

We found over 190,000 family trees with the McKay surname

Trace your family back in time and see what other Findmypast family historians in our genealogy community have discovered about the McKays.

Search for a relative in our family trees

Share your discoveries

Start your family history journey

Start free trial

Start free trial