Gee History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Strathclyde Briton clans of the Scottish/English Borderlands were the first to use the name Gee. It is derived from the personal name Gee. The origins of the surname Gee are extremely uncertain. In fact, many forms of the name did not appear prior to the 16th century. The existence of the patronym Geeson, suggests that the name is indeed of patronymic origin. Patronymic names are merely one of many types of surnames, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames. Many patronyms arose out of the religious and vernacular naming traditions, which adopted the names of famous figures as surnames. The most common form of patronym, however, was taken from the given name of the father of the bearer. The Gee family was found in Scotland, in Dumfriesshire, in the early Middle Ages.

Early Origins of the Gee family

The surname Gee 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. Another source claims the name was derived from the Irish MagAoidh, meaning 'son of Aodh,' and in Scotland, more often than not the "Mac" or "Mc" prefix was used.

Gilmighel Mac Ethe of Dumfries rendered homage to King Edward I of England in 1296. and a year later, Gille Michel MacGethe was thanked by Edward I for putting down evildoers and for other services. The following year Neel McEthe, Gillecryst McEthe, Hoen McEthe, Cuthbert his brother, and all of the lineage of Clenafren, made submission to Edward I. Gilbert McGeth was custumar or collector of customs in the burgh of Kirkcudbrith in 1331. [1]

Later, some of the family were found further south in England, specifically Cheshire where Dicon Gee was listed in the Stockport Parish in 1494, and Thomas Gee and Anne Lowe were married at Prestbury, Cheshire in 1562.

Uxor Johis Gee de Godley Hall was buried in Longendale, Cheshire in 1500. In this case, "this surname is derived from a geographical locality. 'of Gee,' now Gee Cross, a prosperous village in the parish of Stockport. That all our Gees hail from this spot admits of no doubt. The local registers teem with them. A glance at the index to Earwaker's East Cheshire will show that they had early spread themselves out into the surrounding country." [2]

Early History of the Gee family

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Gee 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. Gee has appeared as Gee, MacGee, MacGhie, MacGhee, Magee and others.

Early Notables of the Gee family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family at this time was Michael Magy, a kinsman of the tyrant David Menzies in Orkney, is mentioned in 1424; Gilbert M'Gy was styled lord of Balmage in 1426; Ion M'Ghey was vicar and minister of Kildalton, 1595; and William MacGee, Dean of Cork and Archbishop of York. Edward Gee (1565-1618), was an English divine, son of Ralph Gee of Manchester. He entered as servitor of Merton College, Oxford, on 22 Feb. 1582. He graduated B.A. in 1586, and two years after was elected fellow of Brasenose College. [3] Edward Gee (1613-1660), was a Presbyterian divine and thought by Wood...
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Ireland Migration of the Gee family to Ireland

Some of the Gee family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Gee migration to the United States +

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:

Gee Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Henry Gee, who landed in New Hampshire in 1630 [4]
  • Ralph Gee, who landed in New Hampshire in 1630 [4]
  • Jon Gee, who landed in Virginia in 1637 [4]
  • William Gee, who arrived in Virginia in 1639 [4]
  • Edward Gee, who arrived in Virginia in 1643 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Gee Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Gee, who arrived in New York, NY in 1812 [4]
  • M Gee, aged 24, who landed in America in 1821 [4]
  • Edward A Gee, who landed in New York, NY in 1833 [4]
  • Drury M C Gee, who arrived in Texas in 1835 [4]
  • Eason Gee, who landed in Texas in 1835 [4]
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Canada Gee migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gee Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Judith Foley Gee, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1831
  • Soloman Gee, aged 31, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Perceval" from Plymouth, England
  • Mary Gee, aged 29, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Perceval" from Plymouth, England
  • Soloman Gee, aged 7, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Perceval" from Plymouth, England
  • Mary Gee, aged 4, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Perceval" from Plymouth, England
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Australia Gee migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Gee Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Edward Gee, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 17, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [5]
  • John Gee, English convict from Surrey, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 29, 1828, settling in New South Wales, Australia [6]
  • Mr. George Gee, English convict who was convicted in Stafford, Staffordshire, England for 15 years, transported aboard the "Blundell" on 13th March 1844, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [7]
  • Alfred Gee, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Bolivar" in 1850 [8]
  • James Gee, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Bolivar" in 1850 [8]
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New Zealand Gee migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Gee Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • George Gee, aged 27, a farm labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alma" in 1857
  • Mary A. Gee, aged 27, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alma" in 1857
  • Elizabeth Gee, aged 2, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alma" in 1857
  • Mrs. Rebecca Gee, (b. 1826), aged 33, English settler from Middlesex travelling from London aboard the ship "Zealandia" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 14th November 1859 [9]
  • Mr Thomas Major Gee, (b. 1829), aged 30, English schoolmaster from Middlesex travelling from London aboard the ship "Zealandia" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 14th November 1859 [9]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Gee (post 1700) +

  • Matthew Gee (1925-1979), American bebop trombonist
  • Maggie Gee (1923-2013), American aviator who served in the Women Airforce Service Pilots in World War II, recipient of the Congressional Gold Medal in 2010
  • Elwood Gordon Gee (b. 1944), American academic, 14th President of Ohio State University (2007-2013)
  • John Alexander "Johnny" Gee Jr. , (1915-1988), nicknamed "Long John Gee" and "Whiz", American Major League Baseball player and professional basketball player
  • James Gee (b. 1948), American researcher and professor in psycholinguistics, discourse analysis, sociolinguistics, bilingual education, and literacy
  • Alonzo Gee (b. 1987), American NBA basketball player for the Cleveland Cavaliers
  • Dillon Kyle Gee (b. 1986), American Major League Baseball pitcher for the New York Mets
  • Margaret Gee, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1988 [10]
  • John P. Gee, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Louisiana, 1964 [10]
  • Jeanne A. Gee, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Iowa, 1956 [10]
  • ... (Another 13 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Empress of Ireland
  • Mr. Percy Gee, British Assistant Saloon Steward from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking [11]
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Ernest Gee, British Able Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [12]
RMS Titanic
  • Mr. Arthur H. Gee (d. 1912), aged 47, English First Class passenger from St. Annes-on-Sea, Lancashire who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking and was recovered by CS Mackay-Bennett [13]


Suggested Readings for the name Gee +

  • 1439 Descendants of Solomon Gee of Lyme, Connecticut by Charles E. Benjamin, The Kin of Dr. Ned Gee, Lunenburg County, Virginia by Samuel Edward Gee.

  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  4. ^ 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)
  5. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Albion voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1823
  6. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 24) Albion voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1828 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1828
  7. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 25th October 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/blundell
  8. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BOLIVAR 1850. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850Bolivar.gif
  9. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  10. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  11. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  12. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  13. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html


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