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The first family to use the name McGahan lived in the area that was once the ancient Scottish kingdom of Dalriada. It is a name for a /the personal names Eachan and Eochaidh. The Gaelic form of the name is usually Mac Eachainn, meaning son of Eachan. However, The surnames MacGeachie, MacGeachy, and MacKeachie are derived from the Irish surname Mag Eachaidh, an Ulster variant of Mag Eochadha, which means son of Eochaidh.

McGahan Early Origins



The surname McGahan 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.

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McGahan Spelling Variations


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McGahan Spelling Variations



Translation in medieval times was an undeveloped science and was often carried out without due care. For this reason, many early Scottish names appeared radically altered when written in English. The spelling variations of McGahan include McEachan, McGeachan, McKechnie, McGeachie and many more.

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McGahan Early History


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McGahan Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McGahan research. Another 229 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1686, 1694, 1711, 1715, and 1745 are included under the topic Early McGahan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McGahan Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McGahan Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McGahan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McGahan In Ireland


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McGahan In Ireland



Some of the McGahan 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.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Many settled along the east coast of what would become the United States and Canada. As the American War of Independence broke out, those who remained loyal to the crown went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these hardy Dalriadan-Scottish settlers began to recover their collective history in the 20th century with the advent of the vibrant culture fostered by highland games and Clan societies in North Ameri ca. Highland games, clan societies, and other organizations generated much renewed interest in Scottish heritage in the 20th century. The McGahan were among the earliest of the Scottish settlers as immigration passenger lists have shown:

McGahan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Andrew McGahan, aged 29, landed in New York in 1812
  • Thomas McGahan, aged 21, arrived in New York in 1854
  • John McGahan, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1855

McGahan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Thomas McGahan, aged 37, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Constance"
  • T. McGahan arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Constance" in 1849

McGahan Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Thomas McGahan, aged 26, a farm labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rooparell" in 1874
  • Catherine McGahan, aged 25, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rooparell" in 1874
  • Thomas McGahan, aged 21, a labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rooparell" in 1874
  • John McGahan, aged 19, a labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rooparell" in 1874
  • Margaret McGahan, aged 43, a farmer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rooparell" in 1874
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name McGahan (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name McGahan (post 1700)



  • Walter G. McGahan, American Republican politician, Member of New York State Senate 5th District, 1955-58; Defeated, 1958
  • Wallace B. McGahan, American Libertarian politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Alabama 2nd District, 2000
  • Dan McGahan, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1944
  • Anna McGahan (b. 1988), Australian two-time Logie Award nominated television and film actress, best known for playing the role of Nellie Cameron in the television series, Underbelly: Razor in 2011
  • Tony McGahan, Australian rugby union coach
  • Andrew McGahan (b. 1992), Australian AFI and Film Critics Circle of Australia Award winning novelist, best known for his first novel Praise Miles Franklin Award-winning novel The White Earth(2004)
  • Hugh Joseph McGahan MBE (b. 1961), New Zealand former rugby league footballer and coach who represented the New Zealand national team (1982-1990)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    2. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
    3. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    4. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    5. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry Including American Families with British Ancestry 2 Volumes. London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    6. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    7. Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
    8. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    9. Black, George F. The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3).
    10. Fairbairn,. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    11. ...

    The McGahan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McGahan 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.

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