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All Irish surnames have underlying meanings that can be traced back to their fullest points when the names first appeared in a Gaelic form. The name Magrath originally appeared in Gaelic as Mac Graith or Mag Raith; these are both derived from the personal name Craith.

Magrath Early Origins



The surname Magrath was first found in County Clare (Irish: An Clįr) located on the west coast of Ireland in the province of Munster, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

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Magrath Spelling Variations


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Magrath Spelling Variations



Official documents, crafted by early scribes and church officials, primarily contained names that were spelled according to their pronunciation. This lead to the problem of one name being recorded under several different variations, creating an illusion that a single person was many people. Among the many spelling variations of the surname Magrath that are preserved in the archival documents of the time are MacGrath, MacGraw, MacGrauth, Magrath, Magraw and many more.

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Magrath Early History


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Magrath Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Magrath research. Another 173 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1600, and 1650 are included under the topic Early Magrath History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Magrath Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Magrath Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Magrath Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



In the 18th and 19th centuries hundreds of thousands of Irish people immigrated to North American shores. The early settlers were enticed by the promise of their own land, but they were moderately well off in Ireland when they decided to emigrate. Therefore, they were merely carrying out a long and carefully thought out decision. The 1840s saw the emergence of a very different trend: thousands of extremely desperate people crammed into passenger boats hoping to find any type of opportunity. The Irish of this decade had seen their homeland severely stricken by crop failures which resulted in widespread disease and starvation. At whatever time the Irish immigrants came to North America, they were instrumental in the rapid development of the emerging nations of the United States and what would become known as Canada. An exhaustive search of passenger and immigration lists has revealed many persons bearing the name Magrath, or one of its variants:

Magrath Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Catherine Magrath, who landed in Maryland or Virginia in 1678
  • Morrish Magrath, who landed in Maryland in 1678

Magrath Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Edmond Magrath, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1765
  • Thomas Magrath, who arrived in America in 1798

Magrath Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Francis Magrath, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1849
  • John Magrath, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1852

Magrath Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Johanna Magrath, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1810
  • Mary Magrath, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1829
  • Andrew Magrath, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1829
  • Maurice Magrath, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1831
  • Thomas Magrath, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1832
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Magrath Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Dennis Magrath, aged 31, a farm labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "David Malcolm"
  • Catherine Magrath, aged 20, a farm servant, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Sir Edward Parry"
  • Honor Magrath, aged 22, a farm servant, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Sir Edward Parry"

Magrath Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Patrick Magrath, aged 21, a farm labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Salisbury" in 1876

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Contemporary Notables of the name Magrath (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Magrath (post 1700)



  • Andrew Gordon Magrath (1813-1893), the last Confederate Governor of South Carolina from 1864 to 1865
  • Private First Class John D. Magrath (1924-1945), American soldier awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1945
  • Cornelius Magrath (1736-1760), Irish giant and performer who stood seven feet three inches
  • John Richard Magrath (1839-1930), British academic and administrator at the University of Oxford
  • Charles Alexander Magrath (1860-1949), Canadian politician and explorer who conducted foundation surveys of the Northwest Territories (1878 to 1885), eponym of Magrath, Alberta
  • Cassandra Magrath (b. 1981), Australian actress

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
    2. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    3. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    4. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    5. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
    6. Tepper, Michael Ed & Elizabeth P. Bentley Transcriber. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Philadelphia 1800-1819. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1986. Print.
    7. 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).
    8. Vicars, Sir Arthur. Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    9. Harris, Ruth-Ann and B. Emer O'Keefe. The Search for Missing Friends Irish Immigrant Advertisements Placed in the Boston Pilot Volume II 1851-1853. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1991. Print.
    10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    11. ...

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