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Where did the Scottish Magee family come from? What is the Scottish Magee family crest and coat of arms? When did the Magee family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Magee family history?

The ancestors of the Magee family lived among the Strathclyde people of the Scottish/English Borderlands. Their name is derived from the Gaelic name Aodh, meaning Hugh, and the word mac, meaning son of.

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The variation in the spelling of Medieval names is a result of the lack of spelling rules in the English language prior to the last few hundred years. Before that time, scribes spelled according to sound, often varying the spelling of name within a single document. Magee has appeared as MacGee, MacGhie, MacGhee, Magee and others.

First found in Dumfriesshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Dhn Phris), a Southern area, bordering on England that today forms part of the Dumfries and Galloway Council Area, where they held a family seat from early times. The family name Magee first appeared on the census rolls taken by the ancient Kings of Scotland to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Magee research. Another 203 words(14 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1331, and 1426 are included under the topic Early Magee History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Magee Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Magee family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 287 words(20 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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As the persecution of Clan families continued, they sailed for North America in increasing numbers. In most cases, they found the freedom and opportunity they sought. Land was often available and the American War of Independence allowed Scots an opportunity to solidify their independence from the English crown. These settlers and their ancestors went on to play essential roles in the forging of the nations of the United States and Canada. Among them:

Magee Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Richard Magee, who landed in Virginia in 1642
  • Edmond Magee, who arrived in Maryland in 1674

Magee Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Danl Magee, who landed in Virginia in 1702
  • Margtt Magee, who arrived in Virginia in 1703
  • Daniel Magee, who arrived in Virginia in 1717
  • Eleanor Magee, who arrived in Boston in 1763
  • James Magee, who was also in Boston in 1768


Magee Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Patrick Magee, who landed in America in 1802
  • Bgt Magee, who arrived in America in 1805
  • Bridget Magee, aged 28, landed in New York, NY in 1805
  • Charles Magee, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1806
  • Hugh Magee, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1808


Magee Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Robt Magee, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Wm Magee, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Henry Magee, his wife, and his son John, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1783

Magee Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • George Magee, aged 25, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Edward Reid" in 1833
  • Michael Magee, aged 22, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Edward Reid" in 1833
  • Peter Magee, aged 24, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Cupid" in 1834
  • Mary Magee, aged 20, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Cupid" in 1834
  • Patrick Magee, aged 23, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Cupid" in 1834


Magee Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Bridget Magee, aged 29, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Nashwauk"
  • Elizabeth Magee, aged 22, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Nashwauk"
  • Anne Magee, aged 19, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Aliquis"
  • Christian Magee, aged 25, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Aliquis"
  • William Magee, aged 24, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Bucephalus"


Magee Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • James Magee landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1843
  • John Magee arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ann Wilson" in 1857
  • Edward Magee, aged 26, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waitangi" in 1874
  • Maggie Magee, aged 20, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waitangi" in 1874
  • Edward Magee, aged 10 weeks, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waitangi" in 1874


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  • Clare Magee (1899-1969), American soldier, lawyer, and politician, U.S. Representative from Missouri
  • Carlton Cole "Carl" Magee (d. 1946), American lawyer of Oklahoma City, credited with the invention of the parking meter, in 1935
  • John Gillespie Magee Jr. (1922-1941), American aviator and poet who served in the Royal Canadian Air Force, famous for his poem "High Flight"
  • Jimmy Magee (b. 1935), American-born, Irish sports broadcaster
  • Alan Eugene Magee (1919-2003), American airman who survived a 22,000-foot fall from his damaged B-17 Flying Fortress, recipient of the Air Medal and Purple Heart
  • David Magee (b. 1962), American Academy Award and Golden Globe nominated screenwriter for Finding Neverland
  • Kevin Magee (1959-2003), American basketball player
  • Sylvester Magee (1841-1971), American who is thought to have been the last living slave in America
  • Major-General James Carre Magee (1883-1975), American Surgeon-General of the Army (1939-1943)
  • Captain Christopher Lyman Magee (1917-1995), United States Marine Corps fighter ace aviator with the famous "Black Sheep" squadron, VMF-214, recipient of the Navy Cross

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The Magee Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Magee 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 16 July 2015 at 11:49.

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