McAtee History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the McAtee family

The surname McAtee was first found in County Galway (Irish: Gaillimh) part of the province of Connacht, located on the west coast of the Island, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the McAtee family

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McAtee Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the McAtee family (pre 1700)

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United States McAtee migration to the United States +

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 [1]
  • Elizabeth McAtee, aged 17, originally from Scotland, arrived in New York in 1892 aboard the ship "Corean" from Glasgow, Scotland [2]
  • Andrew McAtee, aged 10, originally from Crinnock, Scotland, arrived in New York in 1893 aboard the ship "State of Nebraska" from Glasgow, Scotland [3]
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 [4]
  • Robert Mc Atee, aged 30, arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Nasmyth" from St. Lucia [5]
  • Alan Book McAtee, aged 48, originally from London, England, arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Mauretania" from Southampton, England [6]

Contemporary Notables of the name McAtee (post 1700) +

  • John Linus McAtee (1897-1963), American Hall of Fame jockey with 930 career wins
  • Allison McAtee, American actress
  • Samuel W. McAtee, American politician, Delegate to Iowa State Constitutional Convention from Davis County, 1844 [7]
  • L. J. McAtee, American politician, Mayor of Pendleton, Oregon, 1929 [7]
  • Rhodri McAtee, Welsh rugby union player
  • Norm Joseph McAtee (1921-2010), Canadian professional NHL ice hockey player who played with the Boston Bruins
  • Jerome F. "Jud" McAtee (b. 1920), Canadian retired professional NHL ice hockey player who played with the Detroit Red Wings
  • Michael James "Bub" McAtee (1845-1876), Major League Baseball player

Flight 191
  • G Mcatee, American passenger from Los Angeles, California, USA, who flew aboard American Airlines Flight 191 and died in the crash [8]


  1. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6RL-B2V : 6 December 2014), Mary McAtee, 26 Nov 1892; citing departure port Glasgow, arrival port New York, ship name Corean, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  2. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6RL-B2K : 6 December 2014), Elizabeth McAtee, 26 Nov 1892; citing departure port Glasgow, arrival port New York, ship name Corean, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  3. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J616-NMZ : 6 December 2014), Andrew McAtee, 22 Aug 1893; citing departure port Glasgow, Scotland, arrival port New York, ship name State of Nebraska, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  4. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6W8-DY7 : 6 December 2014), R. Mc Atee, 13 Oct 1919; citing departure port St. Lucia, arrival port New York, ship name Nasmyth, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  5. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6W8-6TB : 6 December 2014), Robert Mc Atee, 13 Oct 1919; citing departure port St. Lucia, arrival port New York, ship name Nasmyth, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  6. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6H5-L24 : 6 December 2014), Alan Book McAtee, 13 Mar 1920; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name Mauretania, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 14) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  8. ^ Flight 191's Victims - latimes. (Retrieved 2014, April 16) . Retrieved from http://articles.latimes.com/1985-08-04/news/mn-4349_1_fort-lauderdale-area


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