McGaugh History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The surname is one of the native Irish surnames that come from the Irish Gaelic language. The original Gaelic form of the name McGaugh 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.
Early Origins of the McGaugh family
The surname McGaugh 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.
Early History of the McGaugh family
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McGaugh Spelling Variations
Before widespread literacy came to Ireland, a name was often recorded under several different variations during the life of its bearer. Accordingly, numerous spelling variations were revealed in the search for the origin of the name McGaugh family name. Variations found include Caughey, McCaughey, McGaughey, Coffee, Coffey, Coffy, O'Coffey, O'Coffy, Mulcahy, McGahey and many more.
Early Notables of the McGaugh family (pre 1700)
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McGaugh migration to the United States +
Thousands of Irish families left for North American shores in the 19th century. These people were searching for a life unencumbered with poverty, hunger, and racial discrimination. Many arrived to eventually find such conditions, but many others simply did not arrive: victims of the diseased, overcrowded ships in which they traveled to the New World. Those who lived to see North American shores were instrumental in the development of the growing nations of Canada and the United States. A thorough examination of passenger and immigration lists has disclosed evidence of many early immigrants of the name McGaugh:
McGaugh Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Mary McGaugh, aged 50, who landed in America from Queenstown, in 1893
McGaugh Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Mary McGaugh, aged 17, who immigrated to the United States from Clonaslee, Ireland, in 1908
- Hugh McGaugh, aged 28, who landed in America from Coatbridge, Scotland, in 1910
- Margaret McGaugh, aged 22, who settled in America from Scotstown, Ireland, in 1913
- William McGaugh, aged 35, who immigrated to America from Liverpool, in 1918
- Julia McGaugh, aged 20, who immigrated to the United States from Headford, Co. Galway, Ireland, in 1923
Contemporary Notables of the name McGaugh (post 1700) +
- Stacy McGaugh, American astronomer and professor in the Department of Astronomy at the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland
- James L. McGaugh (b. 1931), American neurobiologist, Research Professor at the University of California, Irvine
- Joe Don McGaugh, American Republican politician, Member of Missouri State House of Representatives 39th District; Elected 2012 
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The McGaugh 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