MacCaig History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The original Gaelic form of MacCaig was Mac Taidh or O Taidhg.

Early Origins of the MacCaig family

The surname MacCaig was first found in County Galway (Irish: Gaillimh) part of the province of Connacht, located on the west coast of the Island, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Important Dates for the MacCaig family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacCaig research. Another 95 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1583, 1493, 1589, 1772 and 1810 are included under the topic Early MacCaig History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

MacCaig Spelling Variations

Names from the Middle Ages demonstrate many spelling variations. This is because the recording scribe or church official often decided as to how a person's name was spelt and in what language. Research into the name MacCaig revealed many variations, including MacTeige, McTeige, MacTigue, McTigue, MacCaig, MacCaige, McCaig, McCaige, MacKaig, McKaig, MacKeague, McKeague, McKeage, MacTague and many more.

Early Notables of the MacCaig family (pre 1700)

Another 41 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early MacCaig Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the MacCaig family

To escape the religious and political discrimination they experienced primarily at the hands of the English, thousands of Irish left their homeland in the 19th century. These migrants typically settled in communities throughout the East Coast of North America, but also joined the wagon trains moving out to the Midwest. Ironically, when the American War of Independence began, many Irish settlers took the side of England, and at the war's conclusion moved north to Canada. These United Empire Loyalists, were granted land along the St. Lawrence River and the Niagara Peninsula. Other Irish immigrants settled in Newfoundland, the Ottawa Valley, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. The greatest influx of Irish immigrants, however, came to North America during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Thousands left Ireland at this time for North America and Australia. Many of those numbers, however, did not live through the long sea passage. These Irish settlers to North America were immediately put to work building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. Irish settlers made an inestimable contribution to the building of the New World. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Irish name MacCaig or a variant listed above, including: Bernard, Charles, Edward, Hugh, Thomas and William McTague, who all arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1840 and 1860; Andrew, Bernard, Hugh, John and William MacTeague arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860.

Contemporary Notables of the name MacCaig (post 1700)

  • Norman Alexander MacCaig (b. 1910), Scottish poet, University of Stirling, residing in Edinburgh, Scotland

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