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While many of Irish names are quite familiar to most, their original Gaelic forms are often forgotten and mysterious. The original Gaelic form of the name MacGinnis is Mag Aonghusa or Mag Aonghuis, which mean "son of Angus."

MacGinnis Early Origins



The surname MacGinnis was first found in County Down (Irish:An Dún) part of the Province of Ulster, in Northern Ireland, formerly known as county St Mirren, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

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MacGinnis Spelling Variations


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MacGinnis Spelling Variations



In the days before Gaelic or English gained any significant semblance of standardization, the scribes who created documents simply recorded names as they sounded. Consequently, in the Middle Ages many people were recorded under different spellings each time their name was written down. Research into the MacGinnis family history revealed numerous spelling variations of the name, including Genis, Guinness, Magennis, Guinnessy, McGuinness and many more.

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MacGinnis Early History


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MacGinnis Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacGinnis research. Another 279 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1539, 1543, 1584, 1640, 1703, 1797, 1798, 1868 and 1759 are included under the topic Early MacGinnis History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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MacGinnis Early Notables (pre 1700)


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MacGinnis Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent amongst the family at this time was Hugo Magennis (d. 1640) who was the Franciscan Bishop of Down and Connor; the second Viscount Iveagh, Brian Magennis who was killed in action in 1703; Richard and Richard the...

Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early MacGinnis Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



North America received thousands of Irish immigrants from the English-ruled Ireland during the 19th century. Once in the United States or what would become Canada, these immigrants quickly contributed to the ongoing settling and industrialization processes. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. An exhaustive examination of immigrant and passenger lists has shown many early immigrants bearing the surname of MacGinnis:

MacGinnis Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Bernard MacGinnis, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1811
  • Daniel MacGinnis, who landed in New York, NY in 1816
  • Ellen MacGinnis, who landed in New York, NY in 1816
  • Henry MacGinnis, who landed in New York, NY in 1816
  • John MacGinnis, who landed in New York, NY in 1816
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    2. Johnson, Daniel F. Irish Emigration to New England Through the Port of Saint John, New Brunswick Canada 1841-1849. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield, 1996. Print.
    3. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
    4. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    5. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    6. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    7. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    8. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    9. Heraldic Scroll and Map of Family names and Origins of Ireland. Dublin: Mullins. Print.
    10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    11. ...

    The MacGinnis Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The MacGinnis Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 3 April 2014 at 10:56.

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