The surname McGeoch originally appeared in Gaelic as "O hEochaidh" or "Mac Eochaidh," derived from an Irish personal name
"Eachaidh," meaning a "horseman."
Early Origins of the McGeoch family
The surname McGeoch was first found in Tipperary
(Irish: Thiobraid Árann), established in the 13th century in South-central Ireland
, in the province of Munster
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times at Ballymackeogh, and were descended from the MacKeoghs who in turn were descended from their eponymous ancestor Eochaidh O'Kelly one of the ancient Kings of Ui Maine.
Early History of the McGeoch family
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McGeoch Spelling Variations
Irish names were rarely spelled consistently in the Middle Ages. Spelling variations
of the name McGeoch dating from that time include Hoey, O'Hoey, Hoy, Hue, Kehoe, Keogh, MacKeogh and many more.
Early Notables of the McGeoch family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the McGeoch family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of Irish families
left for North American shores in the 19th century. These people were searching for a life unencumbered with poverty, hunger, and racial discrimination. Many arrived to eventually find such conditions, but many others simply did not arrive: victims of the diseased, overcrowded ships in which they traveled to the New World. Those who lived to see North American shores were instrumental in the development of the growing nations of Canada and the United States. A thorough examination of passenger and immigration lists has disclosed evidence of many early immigrants of the name McGeoch:
McGeoch Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- William McGeoch, who arrived in New York in 1801 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
McGeoch Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Andrew McGeoch, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ulcoats" in 1864