islands are the ancient home of the McGahen family. The root of their name is /the personal names
, where they were a sept of the MacDonalds, descended from Hector (Gaelic Eachann,) second son of Roderick MacDonald, 3rd of Moydart and Clanranald.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McGahen research.Another 94 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1686, 1694, 1711, 1715, and 1745 are included under the topic Early McGahen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Spelling and translation were not standardized practices until the last few centuries. Spelling variations
are extremely common among early Scottish names. McGahen has been spelled McEachan, McGeachan, McKechnie, McGeachie and many more.
Numerous Scottish settlers settled along the east coast of the colonies that would become the United States and Canada. Others traveled to the open country of the west. At the time of the American War of Independence
, some remained in the United States, while those who remained loyal to the crown went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The highland games and Clan
societies that sprang up across North America in the 20th century have helped many Scots to recover parts of their lost traditions. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first McGahens to arrive in North America:
McGahen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- John McGahen, aged 22, who landed in America, in 1897
McGahen Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- William McGahen, aged 22, who emigrated to the United States from Belfast, Ireland, in 1920
- Bernard McGahen, aged 18, who emigrated to America from Belfast, Ireland, in 1921