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Scotland's coastal mountains and Hebrides islands were known in ancient times as the kingdom of Dalriada. The name McGeehan evolved 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.

McGeehan Early Origins



The surname McGeehan 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.

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McGeehan Spelling Variations


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McGeehan Spelling Variations



Spelling in the medieval era was a highly imprecise process. Translation, particularly from Gaelic to English, was little better. For these reasons, early Scottish names are rife with spelling variations. In various documents McGeehan has been spelled McEachan, McGeachan, McKechnie, McGeachie and many more.

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McGeehan Early History


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McGeehan Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McGeehan research. Another 229 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1686, 1694, 1711, 1715, and 1745 are included under the topic Early McGeehan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McGeehan Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McGeehan Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McGeehan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McGeehan In Ireland


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McGeehan In Ireland



Some of the McGeehan 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.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Many settled along the east coast of what would become the United States and Canada. As the American War of Independence broke out, those who remained loyal to the crown went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these hardy Dalriadan-Scottish settlers began to recover their collective history in the 20th century with the advent of the vibrant culture fostered by highland games and Clan societies in North Ameri ca. Highland games, clan societies, and other organizations generated much renewed interest in Scottish heritage in the 20th century. The McGeehan were among the earliest of the Scottish settlers as immigration passenger lists have shown:

McGeehan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Catherine McGeehan, who arrived in New York, NY in 1817
  • Susan McGeehan, who landed in New York, NY in 1817
  • Dennis, George, James, John, Patrick, William McGeehan, who all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860
  • Eliza J. McGeehan, who emigrated to the United States, in 1892
  • Bridjet McGeehan, aged 19, who emigrated to America from Donegal, in 1898

McGeehan Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • John McGeehan, aged 58, who emigrated to the United States from Donegal, Ireland, in 1902
  • Danie McGeehan, aged 55, who landed in America from Donegal, Ireland, in 1907
  • James McGeehan, aged 23, who settled in America from Donegal, Ireland, in 1908
  • Hannah McGeehan, aged 20, who settled in America from Ramelton, Ireland, in 1909
  • Fannie McGeehan, aged 55, who landed in America from Doocharry, Ireland, in 1911
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name McGeehan (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name McGeehan (post 1700)



  • Albert H. McGeehan (b. 1944), American politician, mayor of Holland, Michigan (1993 to 2009), recipient of the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award (2009)
  • Hugh V. McGeehan, American head football coach for the Villanova University Wildcats football team in 1923
  • Daniel "Dan" De Sales McGeehan (1885-1955), American Major League Baseball infielder
  • Cornelius "Connie" Bernard McGeehan (1882-1907), American Major League Baseball right-handed pitcher
  • William O'Connell "W. O." McGeehan (1879-1933), American sportswriter and editor of the New York Herald Tribune
  • Mary Kate McGeehan, American actress
  • John E. McGeehan (1880-1968), American Justice of the New York Supreme Court (1933 to 1950)
  • John McGeehan, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1884
  • Elizabeth McGeehan, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1952
  • Albert Howe McGeehan, American politician, Candidate for New York State Senate 23rd District, 1912
  • ... (Another 6 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Donaldson, Gordon and Robert S. Morpeth. Who's Who In Scotish History. Wales: Welsh Academic Press, 1996. Print. (ISBN 186057-0054).
    2. Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
    3. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    4. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    5. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and David Hicks. The Highland Clans The Dynastic Origins, Cheifs and Background of the Clans. New York: C.N. Potter, 1968. Print.
    6. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    7. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    8. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
    9. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    10. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
    11. ...

    The McGeehan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McGeehan Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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