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bullet In Loving Memory - A Celebration of Georgia's Life
bullet The Mackey, Cox  and Halub Family Tree
bullet Mackey Family Name Origins & Coat of Arms
bullet Cox Family Name Origins & Coat of Arms
bullet Photographic Retrospective for Marv
bullet My Old Home Town
bullet Wendy's College Grad Night & the Dean's List
bullet Tinka & Lucky make Three . . . Wendy's cats
bullet Amber's 8th Grade Graduation
bullet Amber's High School Graduation
bullet Amber's Page 
bullet Resume for Amber
bullet Resume for Jerry
bullet Ben & Me . . . Jerry's Cats Ben and Pepe
bullet Resume for Marvin
bullet Professional Biography for Marvin
bullet Tom Halub Construction

An Abbreviated Mackey and Cox Family Tree
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Genealogy, Family History and Coat of Arms Links

Marvin's Family Tree
Georgia's Family Tree
Tom Halub's Family Tree

A special thanks to our niece Christina (Cox) Zuffinetti for providing some missing updates and to Tom and Sherry (Mackey) Halub for updating Tom's side of the family.

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MACKEY Family Coat of Arms
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MACKEY Family Name Origins


Irish - McKee (Mckee, Mackey, McKie, McKwey, McKye from Petty's '1659 Census' of 'Principal Irish names' The Mc or Mac is translated to 'son of' or 'from the clan of'.

Coat of Arms: Blue with a silver chevron on which there are two daggers pointing at a stag's head, between two silver bear heads and a garb of wheat (for the variant MACKEY) or three silver bear heads (for the variant MACKAY)
Crest: An arm holding a dagger.
Motto: manu forti - (English translation: 'With a strong hand')

Stag, Buck or Deer:

Skillful, politic (Using or marked by prudence, expedience, and shrewdness; artful.), lover of harmony.  In Ireland, the Stag was one of the most ancient of charges and was regarded as the most handsome.  The Stag represents the very ancestors of the Celtic race.


Fierce Protection

Wheat Sheaf/Garb:

Plentiful, achievement of hope.   In Ireland the garb often represented the fertility of a particular area. Saint Kieran blessed the corn crop so the symbol was sometimes used as a mark of respect to him.

McKee Surname and Beginnings
Researched by Kevin McKee utilizing available materials including and for the most part The Book of McKee by Raymond Walter McKee

Surnames in general became a practice in China a few thousand years ago and came to France around 1100AD.  Usually a surname would be a variation of a Christian name or description of the place in which they lived, color of their hair, their job, social status or the like.  When the Normans conquered England, surnames were not in general use and were a relatively new innovation, even among Normans. All Milesian Irish (Most Irish are descended from one of the three sons of Milesius) and the McKees are likely fundamentally Phoenician (A native or inhabitant of ancient Phoenicia), that they traded among and intermarried with many races particularly the Egyptians and the Hebrews, and that they were in all probability the most advanced race on earth from the dawn of civilization.  The Phoenicians invented money, made glass, sailed the seas in ships of their own construction, formulated the alphabet and written language and entertained a concept of deity, when the progenitors of many other races were still almost literally swinging by tails from the limbs of trees.  Several hundred years before the incarnation, personal names commenced to add a suffix.

In the Gaelic, Aodh, having red hair is Aodh Ruadh.  If his hair is black he becomes Aodh Dubh. Aodh, pronounced "Ee" was frequently used for Irish kings and chiefs.  The word means fire, and may have had its origins in Druidical (The Druids) worship of very ancient times, when the fire and sun, wind, moon, water and so on held mystical meanings and powers that needed placation and worship.  There is no doubt that the name McKee is an anglicization of the Gaelic name MacAodh.  In short is spelled McKee as the nearest approach to a Scotsman or Irishman's way of pronouncing Mac AodhMac Aodh means son of AodhAodh cannot be translated into english.  It was anciently written Heth or Eth or Aed meaning "fiery one", english-ed Aneneas.  McKee is also an anglicization of Mac Caoch, which in Gaelic means son of a one eyed man or son of a dim sighted man, by the curious Gaelic system of antiphrasis (The use of a word or phrase in a sense contrary to its normal meaning for ironic or humorous effect).

Many family historians would say McKee means son of Hugh, I have read that it doesn't.  The majority of McKee lines came over from Scotland to North Ireland following the signing of the Solemn League and Covenant (in 1643) and the consequent persecutions.  One history mentions there was a move by the McKee's to Scotland in the 1100s, then a move back to Ireland in the 1500s.  Many remained in the North of Ireland-more frequently in Down, Antrim, Londonderry and Monaghan today, than in the southern counties.  No one who has not immersed himself for a while in the ancient Irish history realizes that Scotland was colonized and populated by Irish.  The race is Gaelic, or even more popularly Milesian.  Fergus the Great led the second large colony into Scotland in 503AD and although it cannot be definitely proved, every bit of evidence that has come to hand points to the fact that members of Clan Aodha were among the earliest colonists who took up abode in the Highland of Scotland.  The Scots were originally Northern Irish, and under Fergus conquered a portion of Alba, eventually giving their name to the whole country - Scotland.  Sufficient reliable historical data no longer exists to serve as a basis for trailing the McKee tribe absolutely, step by step back to its beginnings, instead we rely on fragmentary references in very topographical poems and ecclesiastical works.

COX Family Coat of Arms
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Cox Coat of Arms

Cox Coat Of Arms Nbr 2

COX Family Name Origins

Origin: Irish - Mac an Choiligh and English - Coc, Kok or Cock
Coat of Arms: On a field of gold, three blue bars and on a small red square in the left hand top of the shield, a white lion’s head ragged at the neck.  From the seal in a ring belonging to John Cox of Pennsylvania and New Jersey and now in the possession of David R. Williams of Camden, South Carolina.
Crest: An antelope’s head ragged at the neck in natural color, pierced through the neck by a spear.
Motto: Nil amplius oro.- (English translation: 'I pray for nothing more')


Fierce Courage.  In Ireland the Lion represented the 'lion' season, prior to the full arrival of Summer. The symbol can also represent a great Warrior or Chief.

Origins of the Cox Surname

The family name Cox is a good example of the evolutionary nature of names.  It is indicative of the familiar terms on which men and women use to live with wild creatures.  The general term for a male bird, cock, (which was used to express the lively, dominating spirit of all male birds, not just the barnyard variety), comes from names first spoken in the pioneering days of the Anglo-Saxons and existed in speech long before it was written down.   It was often use as a nickname to describe the natural pertness of boys, so like the habits of strutting fowl. Both swaggered, and both could crow.

Thus cock became the general sobriquet of a sharp and forward lad.  The farm boy, the scullion, or the apprentice was called cock by itself, or sometimes the word was attached to his Christian name, such as Jeff-cock, Will-cock, or Han-cock.

By 1066 this name was already in use as a surname Alvin Coc is on the dispossessed Saxons listed in the Domes Day Book (The written record of a census and survey of English landowners and their property made by order of William the Conqueror in 1085–1086).  It also continued as a popular first name among the lower classes. Kok Forester and Kok de Mari are both listed in the Sussex Subsidy of 1296.

As time went on it was used more and more for boys and servants until it was firmly established as a surname.  As with most Christian names, a final "s" was frequently added, and quite often this was combined with the "ck" and spelled with an "x".  This practical short cut in spelling was the way in which Cox evolved, although the modern abbreviation of the name tends to disguise the original form.

Cox finds its geographical home in the south of England in the contiguous counties of Dorset and Somerset.  While it is fairly numerous in the Counties of Gloucester, Oxford, and Warwickshire, it is rare or absent in the north of England and in the eastern coast counties.

The name Cox in Ireland is derived from the native Gaelic Mac an Choiligh (perhaps from coileach meaning cock) Sept(1) that was located in County Roscommon.  There are a number of variants including MacQuilly, MacGilly, Magilly and MacGiolla, all of which are mostly found in Counties Monaghan and Roscommo.

As discussed previously, the name had wide use as early as 1066.  By 1273, at the time of the famous Hundred Rolls, there were several forms of the name in use:

Coc de Slepe of Salop County
Edward Cockson
Thomas Kokson
Walter Cox


(1) Sept

Gaelic society further evolved between the eleventh and twelfth centuries.  Those who were descendants of a common ancestor, and inhabited the same locality came to be known as septs.  The area of land controlled by a sept was know as a ballybetagh (and may have been co-extensive with the later parish), which was composed of sixteen ballyboes.  A ballyboe was an area of land which could support a number of families, the modern equivalent is a townland.

The overlord (himself being the chief of a sept) of a number of septs perhaps would have had the lordship of an area the size of a barony.  Above such an overlord would have been another overlord the status of O’Neill or O’Domhnaill.  The sept system was adopted by those who arrived during the Cambro-Norman invasion. The members of these septs were designated by a common surname.

What is not readily understood, when we look at how numerous many Irish surnames are, is that the bearers of a particular surname may be descendant of distinctly different septs.  Also it often happened that sub-septs were formed, and quite different surnames were adopted by the descendants of a common ancestor.

Commenting upon how numerous were the members of some septs, Dubhaltach MacFirbhisigh wrote in 1650  "For it is a usual thing in the case of great princes, when their children and their families multiply, that their clients and followers are squeezed out, wither away and are wasted."

Eoin MacNeill suggested that a reason for this was the Law of Debad which had the effect of passing an increased amount of land to an overlord in the absence of direct heirs.  The septs were an important part of the organization of Gaelic society.

In Gaelic Ireland the bonds which cemented society were the duties and rights attached to blood relationship.  The sept system did not survive the colonization of Ireland during the seventeenth century.  It could not do so in the absence of the Brehon Law (The Brehon law of Ireland lasted from pre-Roman times until the 1600's) or the Gaelic leadership.

Personal Photographic Retrospective
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Marvin A. Mackey

Words of Wisdom
"Age is a question of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter."  Satchel Paige
Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, but beautiful old people are works of art."  Eleanor Roosevelt
"Men do not quit playing because they grow old; they grow old because they quit playing."  Oliver Wendell Holmes
"Life is a moderately good play with a badly written third act."  Truman Capote


Sixty three years in 2.5 minutes . . . So Relax and enjoy.
Music courtesy of Leon Redbone

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Nine months old

. . . and really happy

Third grade

St. Mary's boarding school

Senior year

Lincoln High School in San Francisco


Also spent 4 years as a Gardena PD Reserve Officer


What Happened? Yes, I was one of THEM - thankfully it's blured


Passport Photo - Sr. Tech Support Eng. - Computer Machinery Corporation


Passport Photo, Sr. Tech Support Eng - Wordplex


Vice President, Customer Service, Wordplex


Vice President, Marketing - Wordplex


Passport Photo - Sr Director, Customer Support - Xircom


Sr. Director Advanced Manufacturing - Xircom


Director of Operations - Atrua, in Taiwan visiting suppliers

Found some pictures taken in the back yard.  I believe I was 4 or 5.
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Grad Night at the University of La Vern
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Wendy Lee Mackey - Bachelor of Science in Organizational Management

May 24, 2003 - 1,300 students at the commencement ceremony . . . out of a graduating class of over 2,000.  This is the largest graduating class in their 111 year history.  Let me tell you, it was packed with over 6,000 friends and relatives and almost impossible to find anyone . . . we just got lucky and were able to get a few pictures.

Wendy also made the dean's list . . . CLICK the link.

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The Stage . . .

Just a few of the thousands of guests.

The procession . . .

We could not find Wendy.

In line . . .

Just about on Stage.

In line . . .

A front view.

In line . . .

One more shot.

On stage . . .

Had to convert to B&W, it was dark and I was too far to use a flash.

Exit stage left . . .

It's official.

Proof . . .

A 5 year investment, the last 3 while working full time.

I made it . . .

Amber and Wendy . . .

8th Grade Graduation Dinner - Somis Home Study Program
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Amber Rose Halub - 8th Grade Grad

June 9, 2006

15 students and 50 or so friends and family gathered at Ottavios Restaurant in Camarillo for lunch, celebration and diploma presentations.

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12th Grade Graduation - Somis Academy
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Amber Rose Halub - High School Grad

My Goals after High School

For the summer, I plan on getting a part-time job and in the fall of 2010, attending Ventura College.  I will be majoring in business, but will also be taking a few fun courses just for personal enrichment.

I have learned and grown a lot during my high school experience at Somis Academy and made many close friends.  I would not have gotten this far if it weren't for my family, especially my grandparents who have been extremely understanding, easygoing and patient with me during these years of transition into adulthood.

June 9, 2010
The Graduation Ceremony was held at the Camarillo Ranch in Camarillo, CA
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Early Arrival All Dressed Up In Cap & Gown Ready to Graduate
Assembly The Class of 2010 Amber Waiting
The Procession The Graduates Somis Facility Mr. Maygren, Amber's
Supervising Teacher
Amber Thanks All Hug from Grandpa Dad says a few words Hug from Mom
Tassels to the Left Somis School District accepts the Class of 2010 HooRay . . . Now off to Ventura


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This site was last updated 09/13/16 by Marvin Mackey