McCaughey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname is one of the native Irish surnames that come from the Irish Gaelic language. The original Gaelic form of the name McCaughey is "Mac Eachaidh," from the personal name Eachaidh, which is Anglicized as Aghy. It is cognate with Eochaigh, which is Anglicized as the once-common Christian name Oghy.

Early Origins of the McCaughey family

The surname McCaughey was first found in the county of Cork (Irish: Corcaigh) the ancient Kingdom of Deis Muin (Desmond), located on the southwest coast of Ireland in the province of Munster, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the McCaughey family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McCaughey research. Another 106 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McCaughey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McCaughey Spelling Variations

The Middle Ages saw a great number of spelling variations for surnames common to the Irish landscape. One reason for these variations is the fact that surnames were not rigidly fixed by this period. The following variations for the name McCaughey were encountered in the archives: Caughey, McCaughey, McGaughey, Coffee, Coffey, Coffy, O'Coffey, O'Coffy, Mulcahy, McGahey and many more.

Early Notables of the McCaughey family (pre 1700)

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United States McCaughey migration to the United States +

Death and immigration greatly reduced Ireland's population in the 19th century. For the native Irish people poverty, hunger, and racial prejudice was common. Therefore, thousands left their homeland to seek opportunity in North America. Those who survived the journey and the quarantine camps to which they arrived, were instrumental towards building the strong developing nations of the United States and the future Canada. By far, the largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. These were employed as construction or factory workers. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has shown early immigrants bearing the name McCaughey:

McCaughey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John McCaughey, who arrived in South Carolina in 1830 [1]
  • James McCaughey, aged 24, who immigrated to the United States from Tyrone, Ireland, in 1893
  • Abraham McCaughey, aged 21, who landed in America from Armagh, in 1899
McCaughey Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • John McCaughey, aged 21, who settled in America from Antrim, Ireland, in 1904
  • Kate McCaughey, aged 25, who immigrated to the United States from Aughnacloy, Ireland, in 1907
  • James McCaughey, aged 19, who immigrated to America from Castlefield, Ireland, in 1909
  • John McCaughey, aged 4, who landed in America from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1910
  • John G McCaughey, aged 44, who immigrated to the United States, in 1910
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada McCaughey migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McCaughey Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • James S. McCaughey, aged 35, who immigrated to Hamilton, Canada, in 1920
  • George McCaughey, aged 46, who immigrated to North Bay, Canada, in 1924

Australia McCaughey migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

McCaughey Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Samuel H McCaughey, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Eliza" in 1840 [2]
  • Henry McCaughey, aged 32, a farm labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Europa" [3]
  • Margaret McCaughey, aged 22, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Nashwauk" [4]
  • John McCaughey, aged 21, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Bee"

Contemporary Notables of the name McCaughey (post 1700) +

  • Martha McCaughey PhD (b. 1966), American academic and author
  • Scott McCaughey, American singer
  • Betsy McCaughey (b. 1948), American politician, Republican Lieutenant Governor of New York (1995 to 1998)
  • Mr. Bernard Cornelius McCaughey C.B.E., British Director of Rehabilitation for Northern Ireland Prison Service was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire on 17th June 2017, for public service
  • Sir Samuel McCaughey (1835-1919), Irish-born, Australian pastoralist, politician and philanthropist
  • Gerald T. McCaughey (b. 1956), Canadian President and CEO of the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce
  • John Davis McCaughey AC (1914-2005), Australian scholar, administrator and politician, Governor of Victoria (1986 to 1992)

HMS Hood
  • Mr. Daniel McCaughey (b. 1919), Irish Stoker 1st Class serving for the Royal Navy from Kilpatrick, County Antrim, Ireland, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [5]


The McCaughey 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: Non providentia sed victoria
Motto Translation: No victory without foresight


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ELIZA 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Eliza.htm
  3. ^ South Australian Register Monday 14th May 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Europa 1855. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/europa1855.shtml
  4. ^ South Australian Register Monday 14th May 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Nashwauk 1855. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/europa1855.shtml
  5. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm


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