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."
Early Origins of the Magennis family
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.
Early History of the Magennis family
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.
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.
Early Notables of the Magennis family (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.
Migration of the Magennis family to the New World and Oceana
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
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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 CITATION[CLOSE]
World War 2 Awards.com - MAGENNIS, James. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) James Magennis. Retrieved from http://www.ww2awards.com/person/105
- Eric Magennis (b. 1937), Australian three-time gold medalist Paralympic lawn bowls player and archer
- Shaun Magennis (b. 1989), English professional rugby league player