Our genealogy and family history project will commence here seriously once I have time to work more on it...
John's Family Names: Brem, McKenzie, Raleigh or Rowley or Rowling, Jackson
Lorraine's Family Names: Hafner, Zolnierowicz, Watts, Kovaleski.
Stop back in a few months for more information, or if you have an interest in any of these names, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I'll get back to you.
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John's New Jersey Family Genealogy for Henry and Sarah McKenzie
who landed in the USA in 1890 from England.
Our two McKenzies who started it all here in the USA in 1890... Henry and Sarah McKenzie
My mom, Margaret Elizabeth Jackson and real father, Frank Brem. The cute one is me in 1946.
Frank Brem was from PA and involved with tug boats or boats of some kind in Perth Amboy or Newark, NJ in the 1940s. I was born in Newark.
Does he look familiar to Brems out there?
This is the McKenzie Clan sometime in the 1920s, Paterson, NJ. Haven't identified all of them yet. Can you help?
Know anyone in the photo?
Henry and Sarah. I've not confirmed her maiden name yet... It's either Raleigh, Rowley, or Rowling I believe. It could have even been from a previous marriage.
Do they look familiar?
A Brief History of the Name MacKenzie (McKenzie)
For more thorough information please visit the "Clan Mackenzie Society of Scotland and the UK" by clicking the following link below. And why not consider becoming a Clan Member?
Septs of the Clan Mackenzie
NB There are several variations in the spelling of the name Mackenzie, i.e. MacKenzie, McKenzie, Macenzie, McEnzie, Makenzie, MaKenzie, M'Kenzie, Kenny, Kenney, MacKenny, MacKenney, McKenny, McKenney, and
they are accepted as Septs or variations of the Mackenzie Clan name.
Often in centuries past it was the local Monk or Minister who could read and write and who also decided on the spelling of people's names when entering Baptism, Marriage or Burial records. So when writing an unfamiliar name it had to be written as it sounded and misspellings would often occur especially when the informant had a strong accent.
If your name is
, one of the above
names or a variation then you are entitled to wear the
Clan Mackenzie Tartan
Motto: Cuidich 'N Righ (Help the King)
Motto: Luceo non Uro (I shine not burn)
War Cry: Tullach Ard (The High Hill)
There is a tradition, not borne out, however by any tangible evidence or confirmation, that this very ancient family deduced its descent from a member of the House of Geraldine, in Ireland (whence sprang the noble families of Leinster, Desmond, &c.), who, with a considerable number of his followers, is stated to have settled in Scotland about the year 1261, and to have so powerfully aided King Alexander III, a few years afterwards, in repelling the invasion of Haco, King of Norway, that he was rewarded by a grant of the lands of Kintail, in the County of Ross, which were erected into a free Barony by charter, dated 9th January 1266. Therefore Colin Fitzgerald was the first feudal Baron of Kintail.
His grandson who in the Gaelic was called Coinneach MacCoinneach (Kenneth son of Kenneth), 3rd Baron of Kintail, became corrupted in English into Mackenzie (pronounced: MacKenny) and hence arose all the families of Mackenzie in Scotland. The name "Mackenzie" therefore coming from the Gaelic: "MacCoinneach" meaning: "Son of the Fair One".
Examining records that suggest a descent from the Earls of Ross indicate that such a descent existed through Margaret, the wife of Kenneth A'Blair Mackenzie VIII Baron
of Kintail, she was the daughter of John IV Lord of the Isles and Earl of Ross.
Castle Leod - Strathpeffer, Scotland
Seat of Clan Mackenzie
Example of a Scottish Crofter's Cottage
Lorraine at Eileen Donan Castle.
Lorraine and Scottish Highland Coo in Scotland
John at McKenzie B&B in Inverness