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McGahen History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The west coast of Scotland and the rocky Hebrides islands are the ancient home of the McGahen family. The root of their name is /the personal names Eachan and Eochaidh. The Gaelic form of the name is usually Mac Eachainn, meaning son of Eachan. However, The surnames MacGeachie, MacGeachy, and MacKeachie are derived from the Irish surname Mag Eachaidh, an Ulster variant of Mag Eochadha, which means son of Eochaidh.


Early Origins of the McGahen family


The surname McGahen was first found in Knoydart, where they were a sept of the MacDonalds, descended from Hector (Gaelic Eachann,) second son of Roderick MacDonald, 3rd of Moydart and Clanranald.

Early History of the McGahen family


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.

McGahen Spelling Variations


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.

Early Notables of the McGahen family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the McGahen family to Ireland


Some of the McGahen family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the McGahen family to the New World and Oceana


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

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