McGeachane History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The Hebrides islands and Western coastal mountains of Scotland were once part of the ancient kingdom of Dalriada. The name McGeachane was born there, as a nickname for a /the personal names Eachan and Eochaidh. The Gaelic form of the name is usually Mac Eachainn, meaning son of Eachan. However, The surnames MacGeachie, MacGeachy, and MacKeachie are derived from the Irish surname Mag Eachaidh, an Ulster variant of Mag Eochadha, which means son of Eochaidh. 
Early Origins of the McGeachane family
The surname McGeachane was first found in Knoydart, where they were a sept of the MacDonalds, descended from Hector (Gaelic Eachann,) second son of Roderick MacDonald, 3rd of Moydart and Clanranald. 
Early History of the McGeachane family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McGeachane research. Another 94 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1694, 1686, 1711, 1715, 1745 and are included under the topic Early McGeachane History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
McGeachane Spelling Variations
Translation in medieval times was an undeveloped science and was often carried out without due care. For this reason, many early Scottish names appeared radically altered when written in English. The spelling variations of McGeachane include McEachan, McGeachan, McKechnie, McGeachie and many more.
Early Notables of the McGeachane family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the McGeachane family to Ireland
Some of the McGeachane family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the McGeachane family
Many of the ancestors of Dalriadan families who arrived in North America still live in communities along the east coast of Canada and the United States. In the American War of Independence many of the original settlers traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries the ancestors of many Scots began recovering their collective national heritage through Clan societies, highland games, and other patriotic events. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name McGeachane or a variant listed above: Joseph MaKecky (McGeachie), who arrived in Virginia in 1756; Thomas McKeachie, on record in America in 1797; Thomas McKeachy, who was in Ontario in 1844.
- MacLysaght, Edward, Supplement to Irish Families. Baltimore: Genealogical Book Company, 1964. Print.
- Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)