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The original Gaelic form of McCaig was Mac Taidh or O Taidhg.

McCaig Early Origins



The surname McCaig 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.

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McCaig Spelling Variations


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McCaig Spelling Variations



Within the archives researched, many different spelling variations of the surname McCaig were found. These included One reason for the many variations is that scribes and church officials often spelled an individual's name as it sounded. This imprecise method often led to many versions. MacTeige, McTeige, MacTigue, McTigue, MacCaig, MacCaige, McCaig, McCaige, MacKaig, McKaig, MacKeague, McKeague, McKeage, MacTague and many more.

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McCaig Early History


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McCaig Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McCaig research. Another 189 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1583, 1493, 1589, 1772 and 1810 are included under the topic Early McCaig History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McCaig Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McCaig Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 41 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McCaig 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



The 19th century saw a great wave of Irish families leaving Ireland for the distant shores of North America and Australia. These families often left their homeland hungry, penniless, and destitute do to the policies of England. Those Irish immigrants that survived the long sea passage initially settled on the eastern seaboard of the continent. Some, however, moved north to a then infant Canada as United Empire Loyalists after ironically serving with the English in the American War of Independence. Others that remained in America later joined the westward migration in search of land. The greatest influx of Irish immigrants, though, came to North America during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Thousands left Ireland at this time for North America, and those who arrived were immediately put to work building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. In fact, the foundations of today's powerful nations of the United Sates and Canada were to a larger degree built by the Irish. Archival documents indicate that members of the McCaig family relocated to North American shores quite early:

McCaig Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John McCaig, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1852
  • Robert McCaig, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1876

McCaig Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • William McCaig, aged 22, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Madawaska" in 1833

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Contemporary Notables of the name McCaig (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name McCaig (post 1700)



  • Iain McCaig (b. 1957), American-born, Canadian illustrator and conceptual designer, best known for designing the Star Wars characters Padmé Amidala and Darth Maul
  • Donald McCaig (b. 1940), American novelist, poet and essayist
  • John Robert "Bud" McCaig (1929-2005), Canadian businessman, co-owner of the Calgary Flames NHL franchise
  • John Stuart McCaig (1823-1902), Scottish architect, eponym of McCaig's Tower on Battery Hill overlooking the town of Oban in Argyll, Scotland
  • David "Dave" McCaig, former Scottish professional footballer
  • Douglas McCaig (1919-1982), Canadian professional ice hockey player who played 263 games in the National Hockey League for the Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Black Hawks
  • Dave McCaig (b. 1971), Canadian artist and colorist, known for his work on Adam Strange, X-Men, Star Wars, Superman: Birthright, The Matrix Comics, and many more, winner of won the 2008 Joe Shuster Award for Best Colorist

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Summum nec metuam diem nec optem
Motto Translation: May I neither dread nor desire the last day.


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McCaig Family Crest Products


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Hickey, D.J. and J.E. Doherty. A New Dictionary of Irish History form 1800 2nd Edition. Dublin: Gil & MacMillian, 2003. Print.
    2. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1978. Print.
    3. Fitzgerald, Thomas W. Ireland and Her People A Library of Irish Biography 5 Volumes. Chicago: Fitzgerald. Print.
    4. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    5. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
    6. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
    7. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
    8. Woulfe, Rev. Patrick. Irish Names and Surnames Collected and Edited with Explanatory and Historical Notes. Kansas City: Genealogical Foundation, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-940134-403).
    9. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1992. Print.
    10. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
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    The McCaig Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McCaig 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.

    This page was last modified on 14 September 2016 at 07:34.

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