McIntosh Surname Origin
(Origin Scottish) The son of the leader or first. Tosh, and Toshich, signify the beginning or first part of any thing; so Toshich came to denote the general or leader of the van. The McIntoshes derive themselves from McDuff, who obtained his right from Malcom Canmore.
Source: An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names With an Essay on their Derivation and Import; Arthur, William, M.A.; New York, NY: Sheldon, Blake, Bleeker & CO., 1857.
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