The original Gaelic form of McAtee was O Maoltuile or Mac Maoltuile. While tuile means flood, this element of the name, in this case probably represents toile, the genitive form of toil which means will. Thus the name probably means the will of God.
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People who were accounted for by scribes and church officials often had their name recorded many different ways because pronunciation was the only guide those scribes and church officials had to go by. This resulted in the problem of one person's name being recorded under several different variations, creating the illusion of more than one person. Among the many spelling variations of the surname McAtee that are preserved in archival documents are MacAtilla, MacTully, Tully, Multilly, MacTorley and many more.
Irish families left their homeland in astonishing numbers during the 19th century in search of a better life. Although individual reasons vary, most of these Irish families suffered from extreme poverty, lack of work opportunities, and exorbitant rents in their homeland. Many decided to travel to Australia or North America in the hopes of finding greater opportunities and land. The Irish immigrants that came to North America initially settled on the East Coast, often in major centers such as Boston or New York. But like the many other cultures to settle in North America, the Irish traveled to almost any region they felt held greater promise; as a result, many Irish with gold fever moved all the way out to the Pacific coast. Others before that time left for land along the St. Lawrence River and the Niagara Peninsula, or the Maritimes as United Empire Loyalists, for many Irish did choose to side with the English during the American War of Independence. The earliest wave of Irish migration, however, occurred during the Great Potato Famine of the 1840s. An examination of early immigration and passenger lists has revealed many people bearing the McAtee name:
McAtee Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Mary McAtee, originally from Scotland, arrived in New York in 1892 aboard the ship "Corean" from Glasgow, Scotland
Elizabeth McAtee, aged 17, originally from Scotland, arrived in New York in 1892 aboard the ship "Corean" from Glasgow, Scotland
Andrew McAtee, aged 10, originally from Crinnock, Scotland, arrived in New York in 1893 aboard the ship "State of Nebraska" from Glasgow, Scotland
McAtee Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
R. Mc Atee, aged 30, arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Nasmyth" from St. Lucia 
Robert Mc Atee, aged 30, arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Nasmyth" from St. Lucia 
Alan Book McAtee, aged 48, originally from London, England, arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Mauretania" from Southampton, England