MacGahane History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The ancestors of the first families to use the name MacGahane lived in ancient Scotland in the kingdom of Dalriada. The name was then 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. 
Early Origins of the MacGahane family
The surname MacGahane 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 MacGahane family
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MacGahane Spelling Variations
In various documents MacGahane has been spelled Since medieval scribes still spelled according to sound, records from that era contain an enormous number of spelling variations. McEachan, McGeachan, McKechnie, McGeachie and many more.
Early Notables of the MacGahane family
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Migration of the MacGahane family to Ireland
Some of the MacGahane family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the MacGahane family
Many who arrived from Scotland settled along the east coast of North America in communities that would go on to become the backbones of the young nations of the United States and Canada. In the American War of Independence, many settlers who remained loyal to England went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Their descendants later began to recover the lost Scottish heritage through events such as the highland games that dot North America in the summer months. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the MacGahane family emigrate to North America: 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.
- MacLysaght, Edward, Supplement to Irish Families. Baltimore: Genealogical Book Company, 1964. Print.
- 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)