Origin of McIntosh

1875–80; named after John McIntosh of Ontario, Canada, who first cultivated it (1796) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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McIntosh red

  1. a Canadian variety of red-skinned eating apple

Word Origin for McIntosh

C19: named after John McIntosh (1777–c. 1845), US-born Canadian farmer on whose property the variety was first found growing wild
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Word Origin and History for mcintosh


kind of red apples, 1874, from John McIntosh (b.1777), Ontario farmer who found them in 1796 while clearing woodland on his farm and began to cultivate them. The surname is Gaelic Mac an toisich "son of the chieftain."

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