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There are multitude of rich histories underlying the many Irish surnames in use today. The name McGaw originally appeared in Gaelic as Mac Gafraidh. Gafraidh or Gothraidh equates with the English personal name Godfrey. Variations that start with the prefix Mac or Mc mean son of Godfrey.

McGaw Early Origins



The surname McGaw was first found in County Fermanagh (Irish: Fear Manach) in the southwestern part of Northern Ireland, Province of Ulster, where they held a family seat at Ballymacaffrey near Five mile Town in Fermanagh near the Tyrone border. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
MacLysaght, Edward, Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7)

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McGaw Spelling Variations


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McGaw Spelling Variations



In the Middle Ages, a name was often recorded under several different spelling variations during the life of its bearer. Literacy was rare at that time and none of the languages to be found in the British Isles had achieved any great semblance of standardization. Variations of the name McGaw found include MacCaffery, MacCaffrey, MacCafferty, MacAffery, MacAffry, MacAfferty, MacGoffrey, MacGodfrey and many more.

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McGaw Early History


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McGaw Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McGaw research. Another 101 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 198 and 1987 are included under the topic Early McGaw History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McGaw Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McGaw Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early McGaw Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Ireland experienced a dramatic decrease in its population during the late 19th century. This was in a great measure, a response to England's imperialistic policies. Hunger and disease took the lives of many Irish people and many more chose to leave their homeland to escape such hunger and disease. North America with its promise of work, freedom, and land was an extremely popular destination for Irish families. For those families that survived the journey, all three of these things were were often attained through much hard work and perseverance. Research into early immigration and passenger lists revealed many immigrants bearing the name McGaw:

McGaw Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John McGaw, who landed in America in 1811
  • Edward McGaw, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1839
  • M McGaw, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Alexander McGaw, aged 28, who landed in America from Liverpool, in 1899

McGaw Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Colin McGaw, aged 22, who settled in America from Scotland, in 1902
  • Elmer E. McGaw, aged 24, who emigrated to America, in 1904
  • George K. McGaw, who landed in America, in 1906
  • Alex McGaw, aged 23, who emigrated to America from Glasgow, in 1906
  • James McGaw, aged 23, who settled in America from Glasgow, in 1906
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

McGaw Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Henrietta Mary McGaw, aged 23, who settled in Winnipeg, Canada, in 1910
  • Charles McGaw, aged 34, who emigrated to Toronto, Canada, in 1913
  • Allan Robert McGaw, aged 22, who emigrated to Winnipeg, Canada, in 1918
  • Barbara McGaw, aged 38, who settled in Winnipeg, Canada, in 1922
  • Agnes McGaw, aged 8, who emigrated to Winnipeg, Canada, in 1922
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

McGaw Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John McGaw, aged 22, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Bee"

McGaw Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • George McGaw arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mermaid" in 1859
  • Wilhelmina McGaw arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mermaid" in 1859

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Contemporary Notables of the name McGaw (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name McGaw (post 1700)



  • Major-General Edward John McGaw (1901-1972), American Commanding General 1st Cavalry Division (1955-1956)
  • Walt McGaw (b. 1899), American National Football League guard
  • Robert W. McGaw, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1972, 1980 (alternate); Mayor of Rockford, Illinois, 1973-81
  • Samuel McGaw VC (1838-1878), Scottish recipient of the Victoria Cross
  • Mark McGaw, Australian former professional rugby league footballer

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McGaw Historic Events


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McGaw Historic Events




RMS Titanic

  • Mr. Errol Victor McGaw (d. 1912), aged 30, English Fireman/Stoker from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ MacLysaght, Edward, Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7)

Other References

  1. Read, Charles Anderson. The Cabinet of Irish Literature Selections from the Works of the Chief Poets, Orators and Prose Writers of Ireland 4 Volumes. London: Blackie and Son, 1884. Print.
  2. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  3. Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
  4. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  5. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
  6. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  7. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  8. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
  10. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
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The McGaw Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McGaw 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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