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The original Gaelic form of the McGeough surname is Mag Eochagain, a patronymic derived from the personal name Eochaidh.

Early Origins of the McGeough family

The surname McGeough was first found in the county of Westmeath (Irish: An Iarmhí) in the Irish Midlands, province of Leinster, in the barony of Moycashel at Kilbeggan where they held a family seat from ancient times. Traditionally, the McGeoughs are said to descend from Fiacha, son of Niall of the Nine Hostages.

Early History of the McGeough family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McGeough research. Another 148 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1186, 1291, 1291, 1603, 1600, 1689, 1580, 1650, 1702, 1763, 1800 and 1749 are included under the topic Early McGeough History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McGeough Spelling Variations

The spelling of names in Ireland during the Middle Ages was rarely consistent. This inconsistency was due to the scribes and church officials' attempts to record orally defined names in writing. The common practice of recording names as they sounded resulted in spelling variations such as Geoghegan, Gagahan, Gahagan, Gahaghan, Gaghan, Gegan, MacGeoghegan, Geohan and many more.

Early Notables of the McGeough family (pre 1700)

Prominent amongst the family at this time was Conal MacGeoghegan (circa 1580-1650) Chief of the sept MacGeoghegan, historian who translated the Annals of Clonmacnoise; James MacGeoghegan (1702-1763) of Westmeath, an ordained priest in Paris, who wrote a "History of Ireland;" and Edward Geoghegan of Dublin was one of the most eminent surgeons of his time (early 1800s). Usher Gagahan (d. 1749), was an Irish classical scholar, belonged to a good family of Westmeath, Ireland; was educated at Trinity College, Dublin, but took...
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Migration of the McGeough family

In the late 18th century, Irish families began emigrating to North America in the search of a plot of land to call their own. This pattern of emigration grew steadily until the 1840s when the Great Potato Famine of the 1840s cause thousands of Irish to flee the death and disease that accompanied the disaster. Those that made it alive to the shores of the United States and British North America (later to become Canada) were, however, instrumental in the development of those two powerful nations. Many of these Irish immigrants proudly bore the name of McGeough: Michael Geoghegan, a Scotch-Irish who arrived in Boston in 1737; Edward Geoghegan, who came to Philadelphia in 1741; John McGeogh, who arrived in America in 1742.

Contemporary Notables of the name McGeough (post 1700) +

  • James A. McGeough, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1888 [1]
  • Jim McGeough, Northern Irish retired soccer defender
  • Jimmy McGeough (b. 1944), former Northern Irish football player and manager
  • Gerry McGeough (b. 1958), Irish republican who was a volunteer in the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA)
  • Paul McGeough, Australian journalist and senior foreign correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald
  • Michael "Mick" McGeough (b. 1957), Canadian retired National Hockey League referee
  • James "Jim" McGeough (b. 1963), retired Canadian ice hockey player, brother to Mick McGeough

RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. Michael Mcgeough, Irish Fireman from Dundalk, Louth, Ireland, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania (1915) and died in the sinking [2]

  1. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 14) . Retrieved from
  2. Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 7) . Retrieved from on Facebook