The ancient Dalriadan people were the ancestors of the first to use the name McGachy. It was a name for a /the personal names Eachan
The Gaelic form of the name is usually Mac Eachainn,
meaning son of Eachan.
However, The surnames MacGeachie, MacGeachy,
are derived from the Irish surname Mag Eachaidh,
variant of Mag Eochadha,
which means son of Eochaidh.
Early Origins of the McGachy family
The surname McGachy was first found in Knoydart
, where they were a sept of the MacDonalds, descended from Hector (Gaelic Eachann,) second son of Roderick MacDonald, 3rd of Moydart and Clanranald.
Early History of the McGachy family
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McGachy Spelling Variations
are a very common occurrence in records of early Scottish names. They result from the repeated and inaccurate translations that many names went through in the course of various English occupations of Scotland
. McGachy has been spelled McEachan, McGeachan, McKechnie, McGeachie and many more.
Early Notables of the McGachy family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the McGachy family to Ireland
Some of the McGachy family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 148 words (11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the McGachy family to the New World and Oceana
Settlers from Scotland
put down roots in communities all along the east coast of North America. Some moved north from the American colonies to Canada as United Empire Loyalists during the American War of Independence
. As Clan
societies and highland games started in North America in the 20th century many Scots rediscovered parts of their heritage. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name McGachy were among those contributors: Joseph MaKecky (McGeachie), who arrived in Virginia in 1756; Thomas McKeachie, on record in America in 1797; Thomas McKeachy, who was in Ontario in 1844.