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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.

McGhee Early Origins



The surname McGhee was first found in Dumfriesshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Dhn 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.

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McGhee Spelling Variations


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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.

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McGhee Early History


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McGhee Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McGhee research. Another 203 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1331, and 1426 are included under the topic Early McGhee History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McGhee Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McGhee Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early McGhee Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McGhee In Ireland


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McGhee In 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.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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

McGhee Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Mary McGhee, aged 18, 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 [1]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, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Joseph Rowan"
  • Ann McGhee, aged 26, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Lismoyne"
  • Daniel McGhee, aged 21, a weaver, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Bucephalus"

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Contemporary Notables of the name McGhee (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name McGhee (post 1700)



  • 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
  • Andrew "Andy" McGhee (b. 1927), American tenor saxophonist and educator from Wilmington, North Carolina
  • 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 23 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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McGhee Historic Events


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McGhee Historic Events




HMS Hood

  • Mr. John McGhee (b. 1922), Scottish Ordinary Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Dumbarton, Dumbarstonshire, Scotland, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

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Citations


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  1. ^ 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

Other References

  1. Donaldson, Gordon and Robert S. Morpeth. Who's Who In Scotish History. Wales: Welsh Academic Press, 1996. Print. (ISBN 186057-0054).
  2. Fulton, Alexander. Scotland and Her Tartans: The Romantic Heritage of the Scottish Clans and Families. Godalming: Bramley, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-86283-880-0).
  3. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
  4. Moody David. Scottish Family History. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0806312688).
  5. Adam, Frank. Clans Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands 8th Edition. London: Bacon (G.W.) & Co, 1970. Print. (ISBN 10-0717945006).
  6. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  7. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and Don Pottinger. Clan Map Scotland of Old. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1983. Print.
  8. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
  9. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  10. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
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The McGhee Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McGhee 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 15 October 2016 at 08:41.

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