McGee History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

As a native Irish name, McGee is derived from the Gaelic "Mag Aodha," or "son of Hugh," while others of the name in Ireland, are ultimately of Scottish origin.

There are different understandings of the Gaelic origin as another source notes the name is "from the Irish O’Maolgaoithe; a personal name Chief of Muintir Maolgaoithe (gaoth, wind; pronounced ‘ghee’.) " [1]

Early Origins of the McGee family

The surname McGee was first found in along the border of counties Donegal and Tyrone (Irish:Tír Eoghain), the ancient territory of the O'Neills, now in the Province of Ulster, central Northern Ireland, where they are thought to be descended from the Colla Uais.

The McGee surname has also been long associated with County Antrim, because of the peninsula at Lough Larne, known as the Island Magee which was part of their early Ulster territories. Before the Norman invasion in the 12th century, a Magee was chief of a Sept in county Westmeath. Today, the name is most common in Ulster; however, most of these bearers are of Scottish descent.

Important Dates for the McGee family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McGee research. Another 158 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1766, 1831, 1821, 1891, 1717, 1825, 1868, 1830, 1880, 1755 and 1846 are included under the topic Early McGee History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McGee Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Magee, Macgee, Mcgee, McGahee, McGhee and others.

Early Notables of the McGee family (pre 1700)

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McGee migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McGee Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Andrew McGee, who settled in Baltimore in 1804
  • Andrew McGee who settled in Baltimore in 1804
  • Andrew McGee, aged 21, who arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1804 [2]
  • Charles McGee, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1806 [2]
  • Henry McGee, who landed in America in 1808 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

McGee migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McGee Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • William McGee, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749
  • William McGee, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Thomas McGee, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Mary McGee, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Thomas McGee, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1750
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
McGee Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Mary McGee, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1827
  • Rachel McGee, aged 26, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Madawaska" in 1833
  • Margaret McGee, aged 25, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Ambassador" in 1834
  • Molly McGee, aged 26, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Ambassador" in 1834
  • Eliza McGee, aged 20, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Ranger" in 1834
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

McGee migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

McGee Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Robert McGee, Scottish convict from Edinburgh, who was transported aboard the "Agamemnon" on April 22, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia [3]
  • Ann McGee, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Angelina" on April 25, 1844, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [4]
  • Sarah McGee, aged 27, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Trafalgar" [5]
  • Bridget McGee, aged 19, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Omega" [6]
  • John McGee, aged 38, a blacksmith, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Europa" [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

McGee 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:

McGee Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • C McGee, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1839
  • R McGEE, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • Alexander McGee, aged 34, a shoemaker, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Martha Ridgway" in 1842
  • Catherine McGee, aged 33, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Martha Ridgway" in 1842
  • Charles McGee, aged 15, a shoemaker, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Martha Ridgway" in 1842
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Contemporary Notables of the name McGee (post 1700)

  • Thomas D'Arcy McGee (1825-1868), Irish-born, Canadian journalist, born of an Ulster family at Carlingford, co. Louth, on 13 April 1825, one of the Fathers of Confederation
  • Michael Burnette "Mike" McGee (1938-2019), American offensive guard in the National Football League, inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame
  • William J. McGee, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1904, 1916 (alternate), 1924 [8]
  • William H. McGee, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1860 [8]
  • William McGee (b. 1923), American Democrat politician, Member of Missouri State House of Representatives from St. Louis City 4th District, 1923 [8]
  • W. S. McGee, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1892 [8]
  • Thomas J. McGee, American Democrat politician, Member of New York Democratic State Committee, 1936 [8]
  • Thomas M. McGee, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1980, 2000; Elected Massachusetts State Senate Third Essex & Middlesex District 2002 [8]
  • Thomas McGee, American politician, Mayor of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 1933-35 [8]
  • Sallie B. McGee, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Missouri, 1936 [8]
  • ... (Another 66 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the McGee family

Halifax Explosion
  • Mr. W.  McGee, English Fireman aboard the SS Curaca from London, England, United Kingdom who died in the explosion [9]

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Citations

  1. ^ Barber, Henry, British Family Names London: Elliot Stock, 62 Paternoster Row, 1894. Print.
  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. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Agamemnon voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1820 with 179 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/agamemnon/1820
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 27) Angelina voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1844 with 171 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/angelina/1844
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) TRAFALGAR 1850. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850Trafalgar-March.htm
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) OMEGA 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Omega.htm
  7. ^ South Australian Register Monday 14th May 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Europa 1855. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/europa1855.shtml
  8. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, August 16) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  9. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
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