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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 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.

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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.

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

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More information is included under the topic Early McGaughy Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McGaughy Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Abby McGaughy, aged 23, arrived in Saint John aboard the ship "Robert Burns" in 1834

McGaughy Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Catherine McGaughy, aged 20, a dairymaid, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hudson" in 1879

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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. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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  9. O'Hart, John. Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4).
  10. Vicars, Sir Arthur. Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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The McGaughy Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McGaughy 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 19 April 2014 at 12:20.

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