McGeachie is a very old Scottish name that may even date back to the Dalriadan tribe of Scotland's western coast and Hebrides
islands. It comes from /the personal names Eachan
The Gaelic form of the name is usually Mac Eachainn,
meaning son of Eachan.
However, The surnames MacGeachie, MacGeachy,
are derived from the Irish surname Mag Eachaidh,
variant of Mag Eochadha,
which means son of Eochaidh.
Early Origins of the McGeachie family
The surname McGeachie 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 McGeachie family
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McGeachie Spelling Variations
are a very common occurrence in records of early Scottish names. They result from the repeated and inaccurate translations that many names went through in the course of various English occupations of Scotland
. McGeachie has been spelled McEachan, McGeachan, McKechnie, McGeachie and many more.
Early Notables of the McGeachie family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the McGeachie family to Ireland
Some of the McGeachie family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 148 words (11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the McGeachie family to the New World and Oceana
Numerous Scottish settlers settled along the east coast of the colonies that would become the United States and Canada. Others traveled to the open country of the west. At the time of the American War of Independence
, some remained in the United States, while those who remained loyal to the crown went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The highland games and Clan
societies that sprang up across North America in the 20th century have helped many Scots to recover parts of their lost traditions. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first McGeachies to arrive in North America: 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.
Contemporary Notables of the name McGeachie (post 1700)
- George McGeachie (b. 1959), Scottish former footballer
- Meredith McGeachie, Australian actress
- Meredith McGeachie, Canadian Genie Award nominated actress