Show ContentsMcGehee History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname is one of the native Irish surnames that come from the Irish Gaelic language. The original Gaelic form of the name McGehee is "Mac Eachaidh," from the personal name Eachaidh, which is Anglicized as Aghy. It is cognate with Eochaigh, which is Anglicized as the once-common Christian name Oghy.

Early Origins of the McGehee family

The surname McGehee was first found in the county of Cork (Irish: Corcaigh) the ancient Kingdom of Deis Muin (Desmond), located on the southwest coast of Ireland in the province of Munster, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the McGehee family

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McGehee Spelling Variations

A name was often recorded during the Middle Ages under several different spelling variations during the life of its bearer because literacy was rare there was no real push to clearly define any of the languages found in the British Isles at that time. Variations found of the name McGehee include Caughey, McCaughey, McGaughey, Coffee, Coffey, Coffy, O'Coffey, O'Coffy, Mulcahy, McGahey and many more.

Early Notables of the McGehee family (pre 1700)

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McGehee Ranking

In the United States, the name McGehee is the 4,330th most popular surname with an estimated 7,461 people with that name. [1]

United States McGehee migration to the United States +

Death and immigration greatly reduced Ireland's population in the 19th century. For the native Irish people poverty, hunger, and racial prejudice was common. Therefore, thousands left their homeland to seek opportunity in North America. Those who survived the journey and the quarantine camps to which they arrived, were instrumental towards building the strong developing nations of the United States and the future Canada. By far, the largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. These were employed as construction or factory workers. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has shown early immigrants bearing the name McGehee:

McGehee Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Jane S. McGehee, aged 42, who landed in America, in 1909
  • Raymond McGehee, who immigrated to the United States, in 1920
  • H. McGehee, aged 21, who landed in America, in 1921
  • J. Allen McGehee, aged 28, who settled in America, in 1923

Contemporary Notables of the name McGehee (post 1700) +

  • George Kevin McGehee (b. 1969), former American Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Ralph Walter McGehee (b. 1928), American former officer of the Central Intelligence Agency
  • Casey Michael McGehee (b. 1982), American Major League Baseball infielder
  • Scott McGehee, American film director and screenwriter
  • Thomas Rive McGehee Sr. (1924-2002), American Jacksonville, Florida business and civic leader
  • Robby McGehee (b. 1973), American Indy Racing League driver
  • H Coleman McGehee, American Clergyman
  • Daniel Rayford McGehee (1883-1962), American Democratic Party politician, Member of Mississippi State Senate, 1924-28, 1932-34; U.S. Representative from Mississippi 7th District, 1935-47 [2]
  • Carl W. McGehee, American politician, Mayor of Chicago Heights, Illinois, 1953-56 [2]
  • Cal McGehee, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Mississippi, 1916 [2]
  • ... (Another 11 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

The McGehee Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Non providentia sed victoria
Motto Translation: No victory without foresight

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