McGaha History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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In the Scotland of ancient times, McGaha was a name for a person who was skilled in the riding of horses or who owned many horses. The Gaelic form of the name was Mac Eachthighearna, which translates as son of the horse-lord.
Early Origins of the McGaha family
The surname McGaha was first found in Kintyre, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
Early History of the McGaha family
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McGaha Spelling Variations
Medieval spelling was at best an intuitive process, and translation between Gaelic and English was no more effective. These factors caused an enormous number of spelling variations in Dalriadan names. In fact, it was not uncommon to see a father and son who spelled their name differently. Over the years, McGaha has been spelled MacEachern, MacEachen, MacEachan, MacEachin, MacEachren and many more.
Early Notables of the McGaha family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the McGaha family to Ireland
Some of the McGaha family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 39 words (3 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 McGaha family
The hardy Scots who made the crossing settled all along the east coast of North America and in the great west that was just then opening up. At the time of the American War of Independence, many United Empire Loyalists moved north from the American colonies to Canada. Scottish national heritage became better known in North America in the 20th century through highland games and other patriotic events. An examination of immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name McGaha arrived in North America very early: Archibald MacEachern and his wife Jean, who settled in New York State with the children in 1738; Donald MacEachern and his wife Anne settled with his child in New York State in 1738.
Contemporary Notables of the name McGaha (post 1700) +
- Christian James McGaha (b. 1986), American NFL football wide receiver
- Charles L. McGaha (1914-1984), United States Army soldier and a recipient of the Medal of Honor
- Kris McGaha (b. 1966), American actress, comedian, and program hostess, best known as co-host on MTV's Loveline television show
- Vernie D. McGaha (b. 1947), American politician, Member of the Kentucky Senate (1997-2013)
- Fred Melvin McGaha (1926-2002), American Major League Baseball coach and manager and former NBA basketball player
- William L. McGaha, American politician, Candidate in primary for Mayor of Brigham City, Utah, 1989 
- Vernie McGaha (b. 1947), American Republican politician, Member of Kentucky State Senate 15th District, 1997- 
- Georjann McGaha, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Massachusetts, 2008 
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The McGaha 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: Per mare per terras
Motto Translation: By sea and by land.