Show ContentsMcCue History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname McCue in Ireland have evolved from the Gaelic Mac Aodha, which means son of Aodh or son of Hugh.

Early Origins of the McCue family

The surname McCue was first found in Connacht (Irish: Connachta, (land of the) descendants of Conn), where they held a family seat from very ancient times.

Early History of the McCue family

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McCue Spelling Variations

Before widespread literacy came to Ireland, a name was often recorded under several different variations during the life of its bearer. Accordingly, numerous spelling variations were revealed in the search for the origin of the name McCue family name. Variations found include McHugh, MacHugh, McCue, MacCue, MacKew, McKew and others.

Early Notables of the McCue family (pre 1700)

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McCue Ranking

In the United States, the name McCue is the 3,810th most popular surname with an estimated 7,461 people with that name. [1]

United States McCue migration to the United States +

During the 19th century thousands of impoverished Irish families made the long journey to British North America and the United States. These people were leaving a land that had become beset with poverty, lack of opportunity, and hunger. In North America, they hoped to find land, work, and political and religious freedoms. Although the majority of the immigrants that survived the long sea passage did make these discoveries, it was not without much perseverance and hard work: by the mid-19th century land suitable for agriculture was short supply, especially in British North America, in the east; the work available was generally low paying and physically taxing construction or factory work; and the English stereotypes concerning the Irish, although less frequent and vehement, were, nevertheless, present in the land of freedom, liberty, and equality for all men. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. Research into passenger and immigration lists has brought forth evidence of the early members of the McCue family in North America:

McCue Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Michael McCue, who landed in America in 1811 [2]
  • Owen McCue, aged 34, who arrived in Louisiana in 1812 [2]
  • Edward McCue, aged 22, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1814 [2]
  • John McCue, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1838 [2]
  • Dominick McCue, who arrived in Mississippi in 1840 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada McCue migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McCue Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. William McCue U.E. who settled in Escott, Leeds and the Thousand Islands, Ontario c. 1784 he served in the Royal Regiment of New York [3]
McCue Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Mary McCue, aged 15, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Ann & Mary" from Cork, Ireland
  • John McCue, aged 21, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Ranger" in 1834

Australia McCue migration to Australia +

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

McCue Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Miss Honor Mccue, (McKew, McHughes), (b. 1791), aged 27, Irish servant who was convicted in Tipperary, Ireland for 7 years, transported aboard the "Elizabeth" on 26th July 1818, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [4]
  • Mr. Peter McCue who was convicted in Perth, Scotland for 7 years, transported aboard the "Duchess of Northumberland" on 1st October 1842, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [5]
  • Mr. John McCue, English convict who was convicted in Carlisle, Cumberland (Cumbria), England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Fairlie" on 9th Mary 1852, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Island) [6]

Contemporary Notables of the name McCue (post 1700) +

  • J J McCue (1875-1935), American politician, Mayor of Boise, Idaho (1933 to 1935)
  • Peter McCue (1895-1923), American racehorse pioneer
  • Harry McCue (1927-2005), Irish footballer who played in the League of Ireland during the 1950s
  • James Gerrard McCue (b. 1975), Scottish former professional footballer
  • Clarence "Clarrie" Gordon McCue (1927-1992), Australian meteorologist
  • Paul McCue (b. 1958), English military historian, writer and author
  • Tommy McCue (b. 1913), English professional rugby league footballer of the 1930s and '40s
  • John William McCue (1922-1999), English footballer
  • Patrick Aloysius McCue (1883-1962), Australian representative rugby union player
  • Anne McCue, Australian alternative country singer-songwriter

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  2. 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)
  3. Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
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