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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.
McIntosh Surname Meaning and Family Facts
There is more to McIntosh family history than the origin of your surname:
A McIntosh Family History Thought:
'In all of us there is a hunger, marrow-deep, to know our heritage - to know who we are and where we have come from. Without this enriching knowledge, there is a hollow yearning. No matter what our attainments in life, there is still a vacuum. An emptiness. And the most disquieting loneliness.' --Alex Haley