from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Mackenzie, Alexander 1822-1892. British-born Canadian politician who was the first Liberal prime minister of Canada (1873-1878).
  • Mackenzie, William Lyon 1795-1861. British-born Canadian insurgent and member of Parliament (1828-1836 and 1851-1858) who led an armed insurrection in Toronto (1837) to protest colonial rule.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A surname of Scottish origin.
  • proper n. A female given name, transferred use of the surname since the 1970s, also in the form Makenzie.
  • proper n. A river in the Northwest Territories, the longest in Canada, running from Great Slave Lake to the Beaufort Sea.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • a Canadian river; flows into the Beaufort Sea.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a Canadian river; flows into the Beaufort Sea
  • n. Canadian explorer (born in England) who explored the Mackenzie River and who was first to cross North America by land north of Mexico (1764-1820)


Scottish Gaelic Mac (son of) + Kenzie ("the intelligent one" or possibly "the wise ruler"). Possible alternate: Gaelic MacCoinneach (Son of Kenneth). (Wiktionary)



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