As a native Irish name, McGahee is derived from the Gaelic "Mag Aodha," or "son of Hugh," while others of the name in Ireland
, are ultimately of Scottish origin.
Early Origins of the McGahee family
The surname McGahee was first found in along the border of counties Donegal
(Irish:Tír Eoghain), the ancient territory of the O'Neills, now in the Province of Ulster
, central Northern Ireland
, where they are thought to be descended from the Colla Uais. The McGahee surname has also been long associated with County Antrim
, because of the peninsula at Lough Larne, known as the Island Magee which was part of their early Ulster
territories. Before the Norman invasion
in the 12th century, a Magee was chief of a Sept in county Westmeath
. Today, the name is most common in Ulster; however, most of these bearers are of Scottish descent.
Early History of the McGahee family
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McGahee Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Magee, Macgee, Mcgee, McGahee, McGhee and others.
Early Notables of the McGahee family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the McGahee family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Eleanor Magee, who arrived in Boston in 1763; James Magee, who was also in Boston, in 1768; Mary Macgee, who was an immigrant in bondage, who arrived in America in 1765.