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All Irish surnames have underlying meanings that can be traced back to their fullest points when the names first appeared in a Gaelic form. The name MacGrath originally appeared in Gaelic as Mac Graith or Mag Raith; these are both derived from the personal name Craith.

MacGrath Early Origins



The surname MacGrath was first found in County Clare (Irish: An Clįr) located on the west coast of Ireland in the province of Munster, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

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MacGrath Spelling Variations


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MacGrath Spelling Variations



During the Middle Ages, surnames were spelt by scribes solely based on how it sounded, one's name could have been recorded many different ways during the life of its bearer. Numerous spelling variations were revealed in the search for the origin of the name MacGrath family name. Variations found include MacGrath, MacGraw, MacGrauth, Magrath, Magraw and many more.

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MacGrath Early History


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MacGrath Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacGrath research. Another 173 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1600, and 1650 are included under the topic Early MacGrath History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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MacGrath Early Notables (pre 1700)


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MacGrath Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early MacGrath 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



Under the rule of England, land ownership in Ireland changed dramatically, and many native Irish families found themselves renting out land to farm from absentee owners. This was one of the prime reasons that immigration to North America began in the late 18th century: Irish farmers dreamed of owning their own parcel of land to work for themselves. At this point, the immigrants were at least of modest means for the passage across the Atlantic was often quite dear. In the 1840s the Great Potato Famine created an exodus of people of quite different means. These people were most often destitute: they either sold anything they had to gain a passage or they were sponsored by philanthropic societies. Many of these immigrants were sick from disease and starvation: as a result many did not survive the long transatlantic journey. Although those settlers that did survive were often despised and discriminated against by people already established in these nations, they were critical to rapid development of the powerful industrial nations of the United States and the country that would later become known as Canada. An examination of immigration and passenger lists shows many persons bearing the name of MacGrath or one of its variants:

MacGrath Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Marg MacGrath, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1811
  • Patrick MacGrath, who arrived in New London, Conn in 1811
  • Thomas MacGrath, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1811
  • William MacGrath, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811
  • James MacGrath, who landed in New York, NY in 1815
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

MacGrath Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • James MacGrath a butcher, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Sir George Grey" in 1864

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Contemporary Notables of the name MacGrath (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name MacGrath (post 1700)



  • Harold MacGrath (1871-1932), American novelist, short story writer, and screenwriter, known for his novel The Puppet Crown (1901) which later became a film (1915)
  • Ryan MacGrath, Canadian singer-songwriter from Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • Leueen MacGrath (1914-1992), British actress and playwright
  • Raymond MacGrath, Australian Architect
  • Sir Charles MacGrath, Australian Company Director

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Johnson, Daniel F. Irish Emigration to New England Through the Port of Saint John, New Brunswick Canada 1841-1849. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield, 1996. Print.
    2. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
    3. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
    4. Tepper, Michael Ed & Elizabeth P. Bentley Transcriber. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Philadelphia 1800-1819. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1986. Print.
    5. Harris, Ruth-Ann and B. Emer O'Keefe. The Search for Missing Friends Irish Immigrant Advertisements Placed in the Boston Pilot Volume II 1851-1853. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1991. Print.
    6. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1992. Print.
    7. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
    8. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    9. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
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    The MacGrath Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The MacGrath 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 9 December 2014 at 23:30.

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