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Where did the Irish McGahee family come from? What is the Irish McGahee family crest and coat of arms? When did the McGahee family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the McGahee family history?

As a native Irish name, McGahee is derived from the Gaelic "Mag Aodha," or "son of Hugh," while others of the name in Ireland, are ultimately of Scottish origin.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Magee, Macgee, Mcgee, McGahee, McGhee and others.

First found in along the border of counties Donegal and Tyrone (Irish:Tír Eoghain), the ancient territory of the O'Neills, now in the Province of Ulster, central Northern Ireland, where they are thought to be descended from the Colla Uais. The McGahee surname has also been long associated with County Antrim, because of the peninsula at Lough Larne, known as the Island Magee which was part of their early Ulster territories. Before the Norman invasion in the 12th century, a Magee was chief of a Sept in county Westmeath. Today, the name is most common in Ulster; however, most of these bearers are of Scottish descent.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McGahee research. Another 292 words(21 lines of text) covering the years 1717, 1755, 1766, 1821, 1825, 1830, 1831, 1846, 1868, 1880, and 1891 are included under the topic Early McGahee History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 32 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McGahee Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Eleanor Magee, who arrived in Boston in 1763; James Magee, who was also in Boston, in 1768; Mary Macgee, who was an immigrant in bondage, who arrived in America in 1765.

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The McGahee Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McGahee Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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