Magoon History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Magoon was first used as a surname among the descendants of the ancient Scottish people known as the Picts. It was a name for a metalworker. The Gaelic form of the name is Mac Ghobhainn, which means son of the smith. [1]

Early Origins of the Magoon family

The surname Magoon was first found in Inverness-shire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Nis) divided between the present day Scottish Council Areas of Highland and Western Isles, and consisting of a large northern mainland area and various island areas off the west coast, the shire was anciently both a Pictish and Norwegian stronghold, where the name is from the Gaelic 'Govha' meaning 'a blacksmith' and as such could have been a name that applied to people throughout Scotland. However, as in the case of clans like the Fletchers or Clarks, eventually the name became attributed to a specific area or region. As such, The Clan was also located in Nithsfield in the 12th century, and recorded as a Border Clan. To the west in Elgin and Galloway they were known as the MacGavins.

Important Dates for the Magoon family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Magoon research. Another 158 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1396, 1613, 1698, 1725 and are included under the topic Early Magoon History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Magoon Spelling Variations

Repeated and inaccurate translation of Scottish names from Gaelic to English and back resulted in a wide variety of spelling variations with single names. Magoon has appeared MacGowan, McGowan, MacGowin, McGowin, MacGowen, McGowen, Gow, Gowan, Gowen, Gowin, MacGavin, McGavin and many more.

Early Notables of the Magoon family (pre 1700)

Another 34 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Magoon Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Magoon family to Ireland

Some of the Magoon family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 99 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Magoon migration to the United States

Many Scottish families suffered enormous hardships and were compelled to leave their country of birth. They traveled to Ireland and Australia, but mostly to the colonies of North America, where many found the freedom and opportunity they sought. It was not without a fight, though, as many were forced to stand up and defend their freedom in the American War of Independence. The ancestors of these Scots abroad have rediscovered their heritage in the last century through the Clan societies and other organizations that have sprung up across North America. Immigration and passenger ship lists show some important early immigrants bearing the name Magoon:

Magoon Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Mrs. Mary A. Magoon, aged 40, who landed in America, in 1904
  • A. Magoon, aged 32, who immigrated to America, in 1905
  • John Magoon, aged 52, who landed in America, in 1905
  • Chas. E. Magoon, who immigrated to the United States, in 1906
  • Charles Magoon, aged 37, who landed in America, in 1914
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Magoon (post 1700)

  • Christian Magoon, American entrepreneur, author, speaker and business executive, CEO of Magoon Capital
  • Seymour "Blue Jaw" Magoon (b. 1908), American hitman in New York's Murder Inc gang
  • Henry Sterling Magoon (1832-1889), American politician, U.S. Representative from Wisconsin (1875-1877)
  • George Henry Magoon (1875-1943), American Major League Baseball infielder who played from 1898 to 1903 for the Brooklyn Bridegrooms and the Chicago White Sox
  • Charles Edward Magoon (1861-1920), American lawyer, judge, diplomat, and administrator, 2nd Provisional Governor of Cuba (1906-1909), 2nd Military Governor of Panama Canal Zone (1905-1906), 3rd United States Minister to Panama (1905-1906)
  • Elias Lyman Magoon (1810-1886), American clergyman and religious writer
  • Magoon Barnes, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1920 [2]

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  1. ^ Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York, Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 27) . Retrieved from
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