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Where did the Scottish Gheen family come from? When did the Gheen family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Gheen family history?

The chronicles of the Gheen family indicate that the name was first used by the Strathclyde Britons of the Scottish/English Borderlands. Gheen is derived from the Gaelic name Aodh, meaning Hugh, and the word mac, meaning son of.

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The many spelling variations in Medieval Scottish names result from the fact that scribes in that era spelled words according to sound. Translation too, was an undeveloped science, and many names were altered into complete obscurity. Over the years Gheen has been spelled MacGee, MacGhie, MacGhee, Magee and others.

First found in Dumfriesshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Dhn Phris), a Southern area, bordering on England that today forms part of the Dumfries and Galloway Council Area, where they held a family seat from early times. The family name Gheen first appeared on the census rolls taken by the ancient Kings of Scotland to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gheen research. Another 203 words(14 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1331, and 1426 are included under the topic Early Gheen History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Gheen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Gheen family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 287 words(20 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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To escape the uncertainties and discrimination faced in Scotland, many decided to head out for North America. Once they arrived, many Scots fought with relish in the American War of Independence; some went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Many ancestors of these Scots have recovered their lost national heritage in the 20th century through Clan organizations and Scottish historical societies. Among the settlers to North America were: Andrew McGee who settled in Baltimore in 1804; Catherine MacGee, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1772; Charles, Daniel, Francis, Henry, James, John, Michael, Patrick, Robert and William, McGee, who all arrived in Pennsylvania between 1840 and 1860.

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