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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 McGaughey 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.

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The surname McGaughey 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.

Irish names were rarely spelled consistently in the Middle Ages. Spelling variations of the name McGaughey dating from that time include Caughey, McCaughey, McGaughey, Coffee, Coffey, Coffy, O'Coffey, O'Coffy, Mulcahy, McGahey and many more.


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

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To escape the religious and political discrimination they experienced primarily at the hands of the English, thousands of Irish left their homeland in the 19th century. These migrants typically settled in communities throughout the East Coast of North America, but also joined the wagon trains moving out to the Midwest. Ironically, when the American War of Independence began, many Irish settlers took the side of England, and at the war's conclusion moved north to Canada. These United Empire Loyalists, were granted land along the St. Lawrence River and the Niagara Peninsula. Other Irish immigrants settled in Newfoundland, the Ottawa Valley, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. The greatest influx of Irish immigrants, however, came to North America during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Thousands left Ireland at this time for North America and Australia. Many of those numbers, however, did not live through the long sea passage. These Irish settlers to North America were immediately put to work building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. Irish settlers made an inestimable contribution to the building of the New World. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Irish name McGaughey or a variant listed above, including:

McGaughey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Andrew, Charles, Samuel and William McGaughey arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860
  • A McGaughey, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1862
  • Ann McGaughey, aged 20, who emigrated to the United States, in 1894
  • Mary A McGaughey, aged 34, who settled in America, in 1894
  • Anna McGaughey, aged 8, who emigrated to America from Dungannon, in 1895

McGaughey Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Rosena McGaughey, aged 19, who emigrated to the United States from Antrim, in 1902
  • Oliver McGaughey, aged 25, who landed in America from Castlederg, Ireland, in 1910
  • Bella McGaughey, aged 27, who landed in America from Castlederg, Ireland, in 1910
  • Ann Jane McGaughey, aged 40, who landed in America from Castlederg, Ireland, in 1910
  • Bridget McGaughey, aged 21, who emigrated to the United States from Tydronet, Ireland, in 1924


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  • Hubert Neal McGaughey Jr. (b. 1958), American country music singer who uses the stage name of Neal McCoy
  • Claude R. "Shug" McGaughey (b. 1951), American Hall of Fame thoroughbred horse trainer who has had 1,797 career wins as of March 2014, inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame
  • Edward Wilson McGaughey (1817-1852), American politician, U.S. Representative from Indiana
  • W. L. McGaughey, American politician, Member of Texas State House of Representatives 40th District, 1887-88
  • Samuel McGaughey, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Indiana, 1876
  • John E. McGaughey, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1916
  • John McGaughey, American politician, Member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from Indiana County, 1895-98
  • Guy McGaughey, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1932
  • Edward Wilson McGaughey (1817-1852), American politician, Member of Indiana State House of Representatives, 1839-40; Member of Indiana State Senate, 1842-43; U.S. Representative from Indiana 7th District, 1845-47, 1849-51
  • Martin McGaughey (b. 1960), retired Northern Irish footballer

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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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  7. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
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  10. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
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The McGaughey Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McGaughey 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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