The Strathclyde Briton clans of the Scottish/English Borderlands were the first to use the name McGhay. It is derived from the Gaelic name Aodh,
and the word mac,
meaning son of.
Early Origins of the McGhay family
The surname McGhay 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 McGhay 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 McGhay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McGhay research.Another 203 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1331, and 1426 are included under the topic Early McGhay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
McGhay 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. McGhay has appeared as MacGee, MacGhie, MacGhee, Magee and others.
Early Notables of the McGhay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the McGhay family to Ireland
Some of the McGhay family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 287 words (20 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 McGhay 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:
McGhay Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- James McGhay, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1827 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)