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McGaw History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



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.


Early Origins of the McGaw family


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)

Early History of the McGaw family


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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.

Early Notables of the McGaw family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the McGaw family to the New World and Oceana


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 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Edward McGaw, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1839 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • M McGaw, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • 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, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Bee"

McGaw Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

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

Contemporary Notables of the name McGaw (post 1700)


  • Major-General Edward John McGaw (1901-1972), American Commanding General 1st Cavalry Division (1955-1956) [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2013, February 12) Edward McGaw. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/McGaw/Edward_John/USA.html
  • 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 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 21) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Samuel McGaw VC (1838-1878), Scottish recipient of the Victoria Cross
  • Mark McGaw, Australian former professional rugby league footballer

Historic Events for the McGaw family



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 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html

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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)
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2013, February 12) Edward McGaw. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/McGaw/Edward_John/USA.html
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 21) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  5. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html


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