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The surname is one of the native Irish surnames that come from the Irish Gaelic language. The original Gaelic form of the name McGahey is "Mac Eachaidh," from the personal name Eachaidh, which is Anglicized as Aghy. It is cognate with Eochaigh, which is Anglicized as the once-common Christian name Oghy.

McGahey Early Origins



The surname McGahey was first found in the county of Cork (Irish: Corcaigh) the ancient Kingdom of Deis Muin (Desmond), located on the southwest coast of Ireland in the province of Munster, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

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McGahey Spelling Variations


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McGahey Spelling Variations



The Middle Ages saw a great number of spelling variations for surnames common to the Irish landscape. One reason for these variations is the fact that surnames were not rigidly fixed by this period. The following variations for the name McGahey were encountered in the archives: Caughey, McCaughey, McGaughey, Coffee, Coffey, Coffy, O'Coffey, O'Coffy, Mulcahy, McGahey and many more.

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McGahey Early History


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McGahey Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McGahey research. Another 218 words (16 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McGahey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McGahey Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McGahey Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early McGahey Notables 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



In the 19th century, thousands of Irish left their English-occupied homeland for North Ameri ca. Like most new world settlers, the Irish initially settled on the eastern shores of the continent but began to move westward with the promise of owning land. The height of this Irish migration came during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. With apparently nothing to lose, Irish people left on ships bound for North America and Australia. Unfortunately a great many of these passengers lost their lives - the only thing many had left - to disease, starvation, and accidents during the long and dangerous journey. Those who did safely arrive in "the land of opportunities" were often used for the hard labor of building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. The Irish were critical to the quick development of the infrastructure of the United States and Canada. Passenger and immigration lists indicate that members of the McGahey family came to North America quite early:

McGahey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John McGahey, aged 30, landed in New York in 1812
  • Owen McGahey, aged 35, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Patrick McGahey, aged 30, arrived in New York in 1812
  • William McGahey arrived in Philadelphia in 1857
  • Ellen McGahey, aged 18, who arrived in America, in 1893
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

McGahey Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Henrietta McGahey, aged 43, who arrived in America from County Antrim, Ireland, in 1900
  • William McGahey, aged 27, who arrived in America from England, in 1900
  • Mary McGahey, aged 22, who arrived in America from County Tyrone, Ireland, in 1905
  • Mary Jane McGahey, aged 30, who arrived in America from Knoch, County Down, Ireland, in 1906
  • Mary McGahey, aged 10, who arrived in America, in 1906
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

McGahey Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John McGahey, aged 23, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Ugoni" from Belfast, Ireland
  • Ellen McGahey, aged 20, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Ugoni" from Belfast, Ireland
  • Margaret McGahey, aged 22, a widow, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Ugoni" from Belfast, Ireland
  • John McGahey, aged 20, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Ranger" in 1834

McGahey Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Eliza McGahey, aged 22, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Thomas Arbuthnot"
  • Sarah McGahey, aged 20, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Thomas Arbuthnot"

McGahey Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Felix McGahey, aged 19, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waipa" in 1876
  • Mary McGahey, aged 17, a servant, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waipa" in 1876

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Contemporary Notables of the name McGahey (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name McGahey (post 1700)



  • Jeanne McGahey (d. 1996), American poet
  • Kathleen McGahey (1960-1984), American bronze medalist field hockey player at the 1984 Summer Olympics
  • John P. McGahey, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State Senate 5th District, 1970
  • Harrison McGahey (b. 1995), English football defender for Sheffield United
  • Michael "Mick" McGahey (1925-1999), Scottish trade unionist miner
  • Charles Percy "Charlie" McGahey (1871-1935), English cricketer from Whipps Cross, Leytonstone, Essex

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Motto


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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: Non providentia sed victoria
Motto Translation: No victory without foresight


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    2. 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.
    3. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
    4. Hickey, D.J. and J.E. Doherty. A New Dictionary of Irish History form 1800 2nd Edition. Dublin: Gil & MacMillian, 2003. Print.
    5. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of Ireland. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1969. Print.
    6. Johnson, Daniel F. Irish Emigration to New England Through the Port of Saint John, New Brunswick Canada 1841-1849. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield, 1996. Print.
    7. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    8. MacLysaght, Edward. Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7).
    9. Woodham-Smith, Cecil. The Great Hunger Ireland 1845-1849. New York: Old Town Books, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-385-3).
    10. McDonnell, Frances. Emigrants from Ireland to America 1735-1743 A Transcription of the report of the Irish House of Commons into Enforced emigration to America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1331-5).
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    The McGahey Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McGahey 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.

    This page was last modified on 5 June 2016 at 15:20.

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