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Where did the Irish McGath family come from? What is the Irish McGath family crest and coat of arms? When did the McGath family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the McGath family history?All Irish surnames have underlying meanings that can be traced back to their fullest points when the names first appeared in a Gaelic form. The name McGath originally appeared in Gaelic as Mac Graith or Mag Raith; these are both derived from the personal name Craith.
Many variations of the name McGath were found in archives from the Middle Ages. The spelling and language in which the people's names were recorded was often up to the individual scribe. Variations of the name McGath found include MacGrath, MacGraw, MacGrauth, Magrath, Magraw and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McGath research. Another 173 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1600, and 1650 are included under the topic Early McGath History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early McGath Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
The 18th and 19th centuries saw many Irish families immigrate to North America in search of land and opportunities. The largest influx of Irish immigrants to the United States and British North America came during the 1840s when the Great Potato Famine laid waste to their homeland. Hundreds of thousands left the island in an attempt to escape the starvation and disease it brought. Although the arrival of such a large number of destitute Irish was not welcomed by the established population in the United States and what would become known as Canada at the time, these Irish were an essential element to the rapid development of these growing industrial nations. They filled the demand for the cheap labor needed for the work in factories and in the construction of bridges, roads, canals, and railways. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has revealed many immigrants bearing the name of McGath or one of its variants:
McGath Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century
The McGath Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McGath 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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