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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 Magennis is Mag Aonghusa or Mag Aonghuis, which mean "son of Angus."

Magennis Early Origins



The surname Magennis 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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Magennis Spelling Variations


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Magennis Spelling Variations



Pronunciation, rather than spelling, was what guided scribes and church officials in recording names, a practice that often led to the misleading result of one person's name being recorded under several different spellings. Numerous spelling variations of the surname Magennis are preserved in documents that were examined for evidence of the family's history. The various spellings of Magennis included Genis, Guinness, Magennis, Guinnessy, McGuinness and many more.

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Magennis Early History


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Magennis Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Magennis 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 Magennis History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Magennis Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Magennis 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 Magennis Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



The 19th century brought a massive reduction in Ireland's population. It seemed that during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s the Irish people had two options: starve or immigrate. Those that chose the later frequently headed for the United States, hopeful for land, work, and equality. Those determined for free land joined the migration west; while others stayed behind to live in urban centers and often work in factories. Still others began a transitory life in work camps, building the bridges, canals, railways, and highways so critical to the rapidly development of the growing industrial nation. Early passenger and immigration lists have shown many early immigrants bearing the name Magennis:

Magennis Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Ella Magennis, aged 2, who emigrated to America from Belfast, Ireland, in 1907
  • Mary Magennis, aged 22, who emigrated to the United States from Garrison, Ireland, in 1909
  • L. C. Magennis, aged 38, who emigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1911
  • Madge Magennis, aged 27, who settled in America from Carnew, Ireland, in 1913
  • Gertrude Magennis, aged 22, who emigrated to the United States from Carnew, Ireland, in 1913
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Magennis (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Magennis (post 1700)



  • Joshua Brendan David "Josh" Magennis (b. 1990), Northern Irish footballer
  • William Magennis (1867-1946), Irish politician and university professor
  • Leading Seaman James Joseph Magennis (1919-1986), Irish sailor awarded the Victoria Cross during WWII
  • Eric Magennis (b. 1937), Australian three-time gold medalist Paralympic lawn bowls player and archer
  • Shaun Magennis (b. 1989), English professional rugby league player

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Read, Charles Anderson. The Cabinet of Irish Literature Selections from the Works of the Chief Poets, Orators and Prose Writers of Ireland 4 Volumes. London: Blackie and Son, 1884. Print.
    2. 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.
    3. Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
    4. MacLysaght, Edward. Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7).
    5. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    6. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    7. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    8. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    9. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    10. Fitzgerald, Thomas W. Ireland and Her People A Library of Irish Biography 5 Volumes. Chicago: Fitzgerald. Print.
    11. ...

    The Magennis Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Magennis 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.

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