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

As a native Irish name, McGee 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 McGee 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 McGee 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 McGee History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McGee Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Andrew McGee settled in Baltimore in 1804
  • Andrew McGee who settled in Baltimore in 1804
  • Andrew McGee, aged 21, arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1804
  • Charles McGee, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1806
  • Henry McGee, who landed in America in 1808


McGee Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • William McGee, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Mary McGee, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Thomas McGee, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Thos McGee, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Bar McGee, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1775


McGee Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Rachel McGee, aged 26, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Madawaska" in 1833
  • Margaret McGee, aged 25, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Ambassador" in 1834
  • Molly McGee, aged 26, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Ambassador" in 1834
  • Eliza McGee, aged 20, arrived in Saint John aboard the ship "Ranger" in 1834
  • Molly McGee, who was among the passengers aboard the Brig "Ambassador," when she sailed from Londonderry to Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834


McGee Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Robert McGee, Scottish convict from Edinburgh, who was transported aboard the "Agamemnon" on April 22, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Ann McGee, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Angelina" on April 25, 1844, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • Sarah McGee, aged 27, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Trafalgar"
  • Bridget McGee, aged 19, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Omega"
  • John McGee, aged 38, a blacksmith, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Europa"


McGee Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • C McGee landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1839
  • R McGee landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • Alexander McGee, aged 34, a shoemaker, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Martha Ridgway" in 1842
  • Catherine McGee, aged 33, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Martha Ridgway" in 1842
  • Charles McGee, aged 15, a shoemaker, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Martha Ridgway" in 1842


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  • Jacob Daniel McGee (b. 1986), nicknamed "Uncle Jake Mcgee," American Major League Baseball pitcher for the Tampa Bay Rays
  • Buford Lamar McGee (b. 1960), American former NFL football running back
  • Jerry McGee (b. 1943), American professional PGA golfer
  • William Max McGee (1932-2007), American professional NFL football wide receiver who played for the Green Bay Packers from 1954 to 1967
  • Private William D. McGee (d. 1945), United States Army soldier awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1945
  • Willie Dean McGee (b. 1958), American former Major League Baseball outfielder
  • Paul "Skee" McGee (b. 1954), former Irish football player
  • Mr. W.  McGee, English Fireman aboard the SS Curaca from London, England, United Kingdom who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Greg McGee (b. 1950), New Zealand writer and playwright
  • Thomas D'Arcy McGee (1825-1868), Canadian journalist, one of the Fathers of Confederation

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The McGee Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McGee 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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