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The ancient name Gheen was first used by the Strathclyde people of the Scottish/English Borderlands. It is derived from the Gaelic name Aodh, meaning Hugh, and the word mac, meaning son of.


The surname Gheen was first found in Dumfriesshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Dhn 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 Gheen first appeared on the census rolls taken by the ancient Kings of Scotland to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

In Medieval times, spelling and translation were not nearly so highly developed as today. They were generally carried out according to the sound and intuition of the bearer. For that reason spelling variations are extremely common among early Scottish names. Gheen has been spelled MacGee, MacGhie, MacGhee, Magee and others.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gheen research. Another 203 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1331, and 1426 are included under the topic Early Gheen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


More information is included under the topic Early Gheen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Some of the Gheen 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.

Unrest, poverty, and persecution caused thousands to look for opportunity and freedom in the North American colonies. The crossing was long, overcrowded, and unsanitary, though, and came only at great expense. Many Strathclyde families settled on the east coast of North America in communities that would form the backbone of what would become the great nations of the United States and Canada. The American War of Independence caused those who remained loyal to England to move north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In the 20th century, Strathclyde and other Scottish families across North America began to recover their collective heritage through highland games and Clan societies. Among them: Andrew McGee who settled in Baltimore in 1804; Catherine MacGee, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1772; Charles, Daniel, Francis, Henry, James, John, Michael, Patrick, Robert and William, McGee, who all arrived in Pennsylvania between 1840 and 1860.


  • John J. Gheen, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1912

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    Other References

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    9. Scarlett, James D. Tartan The Highland Textile. London: Shepheard-Walwyn, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0-85683-120-4).
    10. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
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    The Gheen Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Gheen 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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