MacGachey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The first family to use the name MacGachey lived in the ancient Scottish kingdom of Dalriada. It was used as a nickname for 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. [1]

Early Origins of the MacGachey family

The surname MacGachey 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. [2]

Early History of the MacGachey family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacGachey research. Another 94 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1694, 1686, 1711, 1715, 1745 and are included under the topic Early MacGachey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

MacGachey Spelling Variations

Medieval translation of Gaelic names could not be referred to as an accurate process. Spelling was not yet standardized, and names in documents from that era are riddled with spelling variations. MacGachey has been written as McEachan, McGeachan, McKechnie, McGeachie and many more.

Early Notables of the MacGachey family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the MacGachey family to Ireland

Some of the MacGachey family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the MacGachey family

Significant portions of the populations of both the United States and Canada are still made up of the ancestors of Dalriadan families. Some of those in Canada originally settled the United States, but went north as United Empire Loyalists in the American War of Independence. The late 19th and early 20th centuries saw the ancestors of many Scots on both sides of the border begin to recover their collective national heritage through Clan societies and highland games. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: Joseph MaKecky (McGeachie), who arrived in Virginia in 1756; Thomas McKeachie, on record in America in 1797; Thomas McKeachy, who was in Ontario in 1844.



  1. ^ MacLysaght, Edward, Supplement to Irish Families. Baltimore: Genealogical Book Company, 1964. Print.
  2. ^ 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)


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