McGahon History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

McGahon is an ancient Dalriadan-Scottish nickname 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. [1]

Early Origins of the McGahon family

The surname McGahon 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. [2]

Important Dates for the McGahon family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McGahon research. Another 94 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1694, 1686, 1711, 1715, 1745 and are included under the topic Early McGahon History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McGahon Spelling Variations

Medieval translation of Gaelic names could not be referred to as an accurate process. Spelling was not yet standardized, and names in documents from that era are riddled with spelling variations. McGahon has been written as McEachan, McGeachan, McKechnie, McGeachie and many more.

Early Notables of the McGahon family (pre 1700)

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

Migration of the McGahon family to Ireland

Some of the McGahon family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 50 words (4 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 McGahon family

Dalriadan families proliferated in North America. Their descendants still populate many communities in the eastern parts of both the United States and Canada. Some settled in Canada as United Empire Loyalists, in the wake of the American War of Independence. Families on both sides of the border have recovered much of their heritage in the 20th century through Clan societies and highland games. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name McGahon or a variant listed above: 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.

Contemporary Notables of the name McGahon (post 1700)

  • Brendan McGahon (1936-2017), Irish Fine Gael politician, a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Louth constituency (1982-2002)

Citations

  1. ^ MacLysaght, Edward, Supplement to Irish Families. Baltimore: Genealogical Book Company, 1964. Print.
  2. ^ 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)
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