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Mcgahen Surname History



Mcgahen comes from the kingdom of Dalriada in ancient Scotland. It was a name for a person who worked as a /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


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Mcgahen Spelling Variations


The translation of Gaelic names in the Middle Ages was not a task undertaken with great care. Records from that era show an enormous number of spelling variations, even in names referring to the same person. Over the years Mcgahen has appeared as 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


Ancestors of many of the Dalriadan families who crossed the Atlantic still live along the east coast of the United States and Canada. Some Scottish settlers arrived in Canada during the American War of Independence as United Empire Loyalists, while others stayed south to fight for a new nation. The descendants of Scottish settlers in both countries began to rediscover their heritage in the 19th and 20th centuries through Clan societies and highland games. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Mcgahen or a variant listed above:

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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