MacGeechyn History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The MacGeechyn family comes from the ancient Scottish Dalriadan clans of the mountainous west coast of Scotland. The name MacGeechyn is derived from /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 MacGeechyn family

The surname MacGeechyn 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 MacGeechyn family

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

MacGeechyn Spelling Variations

Spelling variations were extremely common in medieval names, since scribes from that era recorded names according to sound rather than a standard set of rules. MacGeechyn has appeared in various documents spelled McEachan, McGeachan, McKechnie, McGeachie and many more.

Early Notables of the MacGeechyn family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the MacGeechyn family to Ireland

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

Dalriadan families proliferated in North America. Their descendants still populate many communities in the eastern parts of both the United States and Canada. Some settled in Canada as United Empire Loyalists, in the wake of the American War of Independence. Families on both sides of the border have recovered much of their heritage in the 20th century through Clan societies and highland games. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name MacGeechyn or a variant listed above: 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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