Septs of MacKenzie
The variety of surnames within a Scottish clan do not represent separate and definable sub-clans but instead reflect the vagaries of transition of the Gaels into the English naming system as well as marriages, migrations and occupations. The main family itself may have developed a variety of surnames. The preferred modern usage is to avoid the use of the term "sept" and to simply describe these names as what thay are - surnames of the family and of allied or dependent families.
All names may be spelled with other variations such as Mac or Mc or M'. The spelling of the name MacKenzie may also be McKenzie, Mackenzie, Macenzie, Kenzie or MacKinzie.