In the mountains of Scotland's west coast and on the Hebrides
islands, the ancestors of the MacGahern family were born. Their name comes from /the personal names Eachan
The Gaelic form of the name is usually Mac Eachainn,
meaning son of Eachan.
However, The surnames MacGeachie, MacGeachy,
are derived from the Irish surname Mag Eachaidh,
variant of Mag Eochadha,
which means son of Eochaidh.
Early Origins of the MacGahern family
The surname MacGahern 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 MacGahern family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacGahern research.Another 229 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1686, 1694, 1711, 1715, and 1745 are included under the topic Early MacGahern History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
MacGahern Spelling Variations
In various documents MacGahern 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 MacGahern family (pre 1700)
Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early MacGahern Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the MacGahern family to Ireland
Some of the MacGahern family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 148 words (11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the MacGahern family to the New World and Oceana
The descendants of the Dalriadan families who made the great crossing of the Atlantic still dot communities along the east coast of the United States and Canada. In the American War of Independence
, many of the settlers traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Clan
societies and highland games have allowed Canadian and American families of Scottish descent to recover much of their lost heritage. Investigation of the origins of family names on the North American continent has revealed that early immigrants bearing the name MacGahern or a variant listed above include: 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.