McGechie History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the name McGechie are thought to have come from the ancient Scottish kingdom of Dalriada. McGechie was used to indicate someone who worked as 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. [1]

Early Origins of the McGechie family

The surname McGechie 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. [2]

Early History of the McGechie family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McGechie research. Another 94 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1694, 1686, 1711, 1715, 1745 and are included under the topic Early McGechie History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McGechie Spelling Variations

In the Middle Ages, the translation between Gaelic and English was not a highly developed process. Spelling was not yet standardized, and so, an enormous number of spelling variations appear in records of early Scottish names. McGechie has appeared as McEachan, McGeachan, McKechnie, McGeachie and many more.

Early Notables of the McGechie family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the McGechie family to Ireland

Some of the McGechie family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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New Zealand McGechie migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

McGechie Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • J McGECHIE, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840


  1. ^ MacLysaght, Edward, Supplement to Irish Families. Baltimore: Genealogical Book Company, 1964. Print.
  2. ^ 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)


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