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

McGeough Early Origins



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.

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McGeough Spelling Variations


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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.

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McGeough Early History


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McGeough Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McGeough research. Another 465 words (33 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1186, 1291, 1580, 1600, 1603, 1650, 1689, 1702, 1763, and 1800 are included under the topic Early McGeough History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McGeough Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McGeough Early Notables (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...

Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McGeough Notables 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



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.

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Contemporary Notables of the name McGeough (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name McGeough (post 1700)



  • James A. McGeough, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1888
  • 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

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McGeough Historic Events


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McGeough Historic Events




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McGeough Family Crest Products


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    2. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
    3. Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
    4. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    5. Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
    6. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    7. MacLysaght, Edward. Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7).
    8. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    9. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
    10. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
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    The McGeough Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McGeough 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 1 March 2017 at 08:40.

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