McGeechan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

In ancient Scotland, the ancestors of the name McGeechan lived in the Kingdom of Dalriada. In those days the name McGeechan was used to indicate a person who /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 McGeechan family

The surname McGeechan 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 McGeechan family

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

McGeechan Spelling Variations

The translation of Gaelic names in the Middle Ages was not a task undertaken with great care. Records from that era show an enormous number of spelling variations, even in names referring to the same person. Over the years McGeechan has appeared as McEachan, McGeachan, McKechnie, McGeachie and many more.

Early Notables of the McGeechan family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the McGeechan family to Ireland

Some of the McGeechan family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 50 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States McGeechan migration to the United States +

The descendants of the Dalriadan families who made the great crossing of the Atlantic still dot communities along the east coast of the United States and Canada. In the American War of Independence, many of the settlers traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Clan societies and highland games have allowed Canadian and American families of Scottish descent to recover much of their lost heritage. Investigation of the origins of family names on the North American continent has revealed that early immigrants bearing the name McGeechan or a variant listed above include:

McGeechan Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Jane McGeechan, aged 28, who immigrated to the United States from Scotland, in 1906
  • George McGeechan, aged 32, who settled in America, in 1922
  • William McGeechan, aged 19, who landed in America from Ballinacarrick, Ireland, in 1924

Contemporary Notables of the name McGeechan (post 1700) +

  • Sir Ian Robert McGeechan OBE (b. 1946), Scottish former rugby union player and coach

  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) on Facebook