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Macgee Surname History


Origins Available: Irish , Scottish


The Strathclyde Briton clans of the Scottish/English Borderlands were the first to use the name Macgee. It is derived from the Gaelic name Aodh, meaning Hugh, and the word mac, meaning son of.


Early Origins of the Macgee family


The surname Macgee was first found in Dumfriesshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Dhùn 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 Macgee first appeared on the census rolls taken by the ancient Kings of Scotland to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Early History of the Macgee family


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Macgee Spelling Variations


The variation in the spelling of Medieval names is a result of the lack of spelling rules in the English language prior to the last few hundred years. Before that time, scribes spelled according to sound, often varying the spelling of name within a single document. Macgee has appeared as MacGee, MacGhie, MacGhee, Magee and others.

Early Notables of the Macgee family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Macgee family to Ireland


Some of the Macgee family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 83 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Macgee family to the New World and Oceana


As the persecution of Clan families continued, they sailed for North America in increasing numbers. In most cases, they found the freedom and opportunity they sought. Land was often available and the American War of Independence allowed Scots an opportunity to solidify their independence from the English crown. These settlers and their ancestors went on to play essential roles in the forging of the nations of the United States and Canada. Among them:

Macgee Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Mary Macgee, who was an immigrant in bondage, who arrived in America in 1765
  • Catherine MacGee, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1772

Macgee Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Henry MacGee, aged 43, who landed in America from Edinburgh, in 1903
  • William MacGee, aged 17, who settled in America, in 1904
  • Hugh MacGee, aged 36, who emigrated to the United States, in 1912

Contemporary Notables of the name Macgee (post 1700)


  • Reginald MacGee, American Chief Executive Officer
  • Gail MacGee, American Senator
  • James MacGee, Australian Physicist
  • Thomas D'Arcy MacGee (1825-1868), Canadian (Irish born) journalist, poet and politician, strong proponent of Canadian confederation, assassinated in Ottawa in 1868

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