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Multiple Origins for the Surname McGhee


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.

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, 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"

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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 [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


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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

Other References

  1. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
  2. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  3. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  4. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Scarlett, James D. Tartan The Highland Textile. London: Shepheard-Walwyn, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0-85683-120-4).
  6. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  7. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  8. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  9. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Socts Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Modern Application of the Art of Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
  10. Bain, Robert. The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Glasgow & London: Collins, 1968. Print. (ISBN 000411117-6).
  11. ...

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.

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