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

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The surname Maginnis 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.

Numerous spelling variations were revealed in the search for the origin of the name Maginnis family name. Before widespread literacy, a person entrusted the proper documentation of his name to the individual scribe. As a result, a name was often recorded under several different variations during the life of its bearer. Variations found include Genis, Guinness, Magennis, Guinnessy, McGuinness and many more.


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

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

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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 Maginnis:

Maginnis Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James Maginnis, who arrived in Maryland in 1819
  • John Maginnis, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1826
  • Michael Maginnis, who landed in New York in 1847
  • E Maginnis, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850

Maginnis Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Michael Maginnis, aged 20, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Betsy Heron" from Belfast, Ireland

Maginnis Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Anne Maginnis, aged 22, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Grand Trianon"
  • Mary Maginnis, aged 20, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Grand Trianon"
  • James Maginnis, aged 20, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Amazon"
  • Owen Maginnis (aged 20), a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Aurora"

Maginnis Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Maginnis, aged 27, a ploughman, arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Siberia" in 1870
  • Mary A. Maginnis, aged 21, a servant, arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Siberia" in 1870
  • Eliza Jane Maginnis, aged 18, a servant, arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Siberia" in 1870
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  • William Lyman Maginnis (1858-1910), American Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Wyoming Territory (1886 to 1889)
  • Jim Maginnis, American professional baseball umpire in the early 20th century
  • Robert Patrick Maginnis (b. 1933), American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church
  • Martin Maginnis (1841-1919), American politician, publisher, editor from Minnesota and the Montana Territory
  • John Edward Maginnis (1919-2001), Northern Irish politician
  • Charles Donagh Maginnis (1867-1955), Irish architect, co-founder of the firm Maginnis & Walsh
  • Kenneth Wiggins Maginnis (b. 1938), Baron Maginnis of Drumglass, Northern Irish Ulster Unionist politician
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Maginnis Historic Events



Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. Alexander Maginnis (1862-1914), English First Class Passenger from London, England, United Kingdom who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914
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Citations



    Other References

    1. Tepper, Michael Ed & Elizabeth P. Bentley Transcriber. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Philadelphia 1800-1819. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1986. 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. Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7).
    4. Woodham-Smith, Cecil. The Great Hunger Ireland 1845-1849. New York: Old Town Books, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-385-3).
    5. Fitzgerald, Thomas W. Ireland and Her People A Library of Irish Biography 5 Volumes. Chicago: Fitzgerald. Print.
    6. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    7. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
    8. 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).
    9. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    10. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
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