The surname is one of the native Irish surnames that come from the Irish Gaelic language. The original Gaelic form of the name McGaughy 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 McGaughy family
The surname McGaughy 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 McGaughy family
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McGaughy 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 McGaughy family name. Variations found include Caughey, McCaughey, McGaughey, Coffee, Coffey, Coffy, O'Coffey, O'Coffy, Mulcahy, McGahey and many more.
Early Notables of the McGaughy family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the McGaughy family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
McGaughy Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Abby McGaughy, aged 23, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Robert Burns" in 1834
McGaughy Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Catherine McGaughy, aged 20, a dairymaid, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hudson" in 1879
Contemporary Notables of the name McGaughy (post 1700)
- Hugh Dillman McGaughy (1885-1956), birth name of Hugh Dillman, an American Broadway and silent film actor, known for An Amateur Widow (1919), his first marriage was to Anna Dodge, widow of Detroit automobile magnate Horace Elgin Dodge; she was one of the wealthiest women in the world
The McGaughy 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