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Mcconaughey Surname History



The western coast of Scotland and the desolate Hebrides islands are the ancient home of the Mcconaughey family. Their name is derived from the personal name Robert. Known as the Clan Donnachaidh, the family's origins are very distinguished, as the senior branch of the line were the hereditary abbots of Dunkeld, who traced their descent from Iona. In addition, Abbot Duncan of Dunkeld, the Robertson progenitor, was killed in battle in 964, as he led the warriors, bearing, a reliquary of St. Columba. His grandson, Abbot Crinan of Dunkeld, married the Kings daughter and then fathered King Duncan I of Scotland who was killed by MacBeth (of Shakespearean fame). Crinan is buried at the Isle of lona, burial place of Scotland's early Kings.


Early Origins of the Mcconaughey family


The surname Mcconaughey was first found in Atholl. King Duncan's younger son, Maelmore, sired Madadh, Earl of Atholl, and his grandson, Earl Henry, was father to Conan who held vast territories in this area. Conan of Glenerochie was the first Chief of the Robertsons and gave his name to the Clan Connchaidh or Duncan. His successor, Duncan, the 5th Chief, led the Clan in the army of King Bruce at Bannockburn in 1314 against the English. For this service, and his subsequent staunch support of the Scottish Crown, his grandson Robert of Struan was granted the lands and barony in 1451.

Early History of the Mcconaughey family


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Another 403 words (29 lines of text) covering the years 1745, 1587, 1703, 1715, 1723, 1727, 1745, 1749, 1784, 1746, 1668 and 1689 are included under the topic Early Mcconaughey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Mcconaughey Spelling Variations


Spelling variations were extremely common in medieval names, since scribes from that era recorded names according to sound rather than a standard set of rules. Mcconaughey has appeared in various documents spelled Robertson, MacConachie, Maconachie, MacConaghy, MacConchie, MacConckey, MacConkey, MacDonnachie, MacDonachie, MacDunnachie, MacInroy, MacLagan, Mac Raibeirt (Gaelic) and many more.

Early Notables of the Mcconaughey family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Mcconaughey family to Ireland


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


The descendants of the Dalriadan families who made the great crossing of the Atlantic still dot communities along the east coast of the United States and Canada. In the American War of Independence, many of the settlers traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Clan societies and highland games have allowed Canadian and American families of Scottish descent to recover much of their lost heritage. Investigation of the origins of family names on the North American continent has revealed that early immigrants bearing the name Mcconaughey or a variant listed above include:

Mcconaughey Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Bessie Bell McConaughey, aged 19, who landed in America, in 1914
  • Harvey McConaughey, aged 28, who emigrated to America, in 1914
  • Richard McConaughey, aged 4, who landed in America from Broad Run, Virginia, in 1922

Contemporary Notables of the name Mcconaughey (post 1700)


  • Matthew David McConaughey (b. 1969), American People's Choice Awards winning actor, best known for his roles in The Wedding Planner, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Failure to Launch, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past and Fool's Gold
  • Camila McConaughey (b. 1982), Brazilian model and designer

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