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McGhee History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms


Origins Available: Irish, Scottish


History reveals the roots of the McGhee family name in the ancient Strathclyde people of the Scottish/English Borderlands. The McGhee name is derived from the Gaelic name Aodh, meaning Hugh, and the word mac, meaning son of.

Early Origins of the McGhee family


The surname McGhee was first found in Dumfriesshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Dhùn Phris), a Southern area, bordering on England that today forms part of the Dumfries and Galloway Council Area, where they held a family seat from early times. The family name McGhee first appeared on the census rolls taken by the ancient Kings of Scotland to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Early History of the McGhee family


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McGhee Spelling Variations


Prior to the first dictionaries, scribes spelled words according to sound. This, and the fact that Scottish names were repeatedly translated from Gaelic to English and back, contributed to the enormous number of spelling variations in Scottish names. McGhee has been spelled MacGee, MacGhie, MacGhee, Magee and others.

Early Notables of the McGhee family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the McGhee family to Ireland


Some of the McGhee family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 287 words (20 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the McGhee family to the New World and Oceana


In such difficult times, the difficulties of raising the money to cross the Atlantic to North America did not seem so large compared to the problems of keeping a family together in Scotland. It was a journey well worth the cost, since it was rewarded with land and freedom the Scots could not find at home. The American War of Independence solidified that freedom, and many of those settlers went on to play important parts in the forging of a great nation. Among them:

McGhee Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Hannah McGhee, aged 45, who arrived in New York, NY in 1803 [1]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)
  • Mary McGhee, aged 38, who landed in New York, NY in 1803 [1]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)
  • John H McGhee, who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1843 [1]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)
  • Thomas C McGhee, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1879 [1]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)
  • Hugh McGhee, who landed in Arkansas in 1899 [1]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)

McGhee Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Mary McGhee, aged 18, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Protector" in 1834

McGhee Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Mary Ann McGhee, Scottish convict from Glasgow, who was transported aboard the "Anna Maria" on October 4, 1851, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anna Maria voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1851 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anna-maria/1851
  • Eliza McGhee, aged 26, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Joseph Rowan" [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    South Australian Register Saturday 17th June 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Joseph Rowan 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/josephrowan1854.shtml
  • Ann McGhee, aged 26, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Lismoyne"
  • Daniel McGhee, aged 21, a weaver, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Bucephalus"

Contemporary Notables of the name McGhee (post 1700)


  • Andrew "Andy" McGhee (1927-2017), American tenor saxophonist and educator from Wilmington, North Carolina
  • Jermaine Terrill McGhee (b. 1983), American football defensive end
  • William Mac McGhee (1905-1984), nicknamed "Fibber", an American Major League Baseball first baseman and outfielder
  • Alison McGhee (b. 1960), American New York Times bestselling author of picture books, books for children, and adult novels, nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for her novel Shadow Baby
  • William "Bill" McGhee (1930-2007), African-American stage, film and television actor
  • Warren Edward "Ed" McGhee (1924-1986), American Major League Baseball outfielder who played for the Chicago White Sox and the Philadelphia Athletics in the 1950s
  • Fredrick L. McGhee (1861-1912), American black civil rights activist, one of the first African American lawyers
  • Kanavis McGhee (b. 1968), American NFL football defensive end who played from 1991 to 1995
  • George Crews McGhee (1912-2005), American oilman and diplomat, 3rd Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs (1961-1963), 4th United States Ambassador to West Germany (1963-1968)
  • Granville Henry "Stick" or "Sticks" McGhee (1917-1961), American jump blues guitarist, singer and songwriter, best known for his blues song, "Drinkin' Wine, Spo-Dee-O-Dee"
  • ... (Another 24 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the McGhee family



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  • Mr. John McGhee (b. 1922), Scottish Ordinary Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Dumbarton, Dumbarstonshire, Scotland, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm

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Citations


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anna Maria voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1851 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anna-maria/1851
  3. ^ South Australian Register Saturday 17th June 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Joseph Rowan 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/josephrowan1854.shtml
  4. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm

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