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While many of Irish names are quite familiar to most, their original Gaelic forms are often forgotten and mysterious. The original Gaelic form of the name McGennis is Mag Aonghusa or Mag Aonghuis, which mean "son of Angus."

McGennis Early Origins



The surname McGennis was first found in County Down (Irish:An Dún) part of the Province of Ulster, in Northern Ireland, formerly known as county St Mirren, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

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McGennis Spelling Variations


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McGennis Spelling Variations



The scribes and church officials of the Middle Ages who recorded names in official documents spelled the names as they sounded. This led to the problem of one name being recorded under several different variations and thus resembling more than one person. Among the many spelling variations of the surname McGennis that are preserved in archival documents of this era include Genis, Guinness, Magennis, Guinnessy, McGuinness and many more.

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McGennis Early History


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McGennis Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McGennis research. Another 279 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1539, 1543, 1584, 1640, 1703, 1797, 1798, 1868 and 1759 are included under the topic Early McGennis History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McGennis Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McGennis Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent amongst the family at this time was Hugo Magennis (d. 1640) who was the Franciscan Bishop of Down and Connor; the second Viscount Iveagh, Brian Magennis who was killed in action in 1703; Richard and Richard the...

Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McGennis Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Ireland experienced a dramatic decrease in its population during the late 19th century. This was in a great measure, a response to England's imperialistic policies. Hunger and disease took the lives of many Irish people and many more chose to leave their homeland to escape such hunger and disease. North America with its promise of work, freedom, and land was an extremely popular destination for Irish families. For those families that survived the journey, all three of these things were were often attained through much hard work and perseverance. Research into early immigration and passenger lists revealed many immigrants bearing the name McGennis:

McGennis Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Bernard McGennis, who arrived in America in 1765

McGennis Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Patrick McGennis, who landed in Mobile County, Ala in 1845
  • J McGennis, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Catherine McGennis, aged 13, landed in New York in 1864

McGennis Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Patrick McGennis, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1827

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

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    10. Fitzgerald, Thomas W. Ireland and Her People A Library of Irish Biography 5 Volumes. Chicago: Fitzgerald. Print.
    11. ...

    The McGennis Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McGennis 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.

    This page was last modified on 3 April 2014 at 10:56.

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