McGinness History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

While many of Irish names are quite familiar to most, their original Gaelic forms are often forgotten and mysterious. The original Gaelic form of the name McGinness is Mag Aonghusa or Mag Aonghuis, which mean "son of Angus." [1]

Early Origins of the McGinness family

The surname McGinness was first found in County Down (Irish:An Dún) part of the Province of Ulster, in Northern Ireland, formerly known as county St Mirren, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the McGinness family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McGinness research. Another 140 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1539, 1543, 1584, 1640, 1703, 1797, 1798, 1868 and 1759 are included under the topic Early McGinness History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McGinness Spelling Variations

Many different spelling variations of the surname McGinness were found in the archives researched. These included Scribes and church officials generally spelled a name as it sounded; as a result, a person's name could be spelt innumerable ways in his lifetime. Genis, Guinness, Magennis, Guinnessy, McGuinness and many more.

Early Notables of the McGinness family (pre 1700)

Prominent amongst the family at this time was Hugo Magennis (d. 1640) who was the Franciscan Bishop of Down and Connor; the second Viscount Iveagh, Brian Magennis who was killed in action in 1703; Richard and Richard the...
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United States McGinness migration to the United States +

Often leaving from racial discrimination and colonial oppression, thousands of families left Ireland in the 19th century for North America aboard passenger ships. Many early immigrants found a plot of land to call their own, something unimaginable for most Irish families. Those that arrived later were often accommodated as laborers since there was a large demand for cheap labor. This was the fate for many of the families that arrived in North America during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Whether they became agrarian settlers or industrial workers, the Irish that came to North America were invaluable for rapid development of the infant nations of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Irish name McGinness or a variant listed above:accommodated

McGinness Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Mary McGinness, who arrived in New York, NY in 1812 [2]
  • Stewart McGinness, who arrived in New York, NY in 1812 [2]
  • Owen McGinness, aged 16, who landed in New York in 1854 [2]
  • Joseh McGinness, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1863 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name McGinness (post 1700) +

  • Mike McGinness (1992-2012), American politician, Member of the Nevada Senate
  • John Edward McGinness (b. 1943), American physicist and physician, a specialist in organic electronics and nanotechnology
  • Ryan McGinness (b. 1972), American artist in Manhattan
  • Diane D. McGinness, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1960, 1964 [3]
  • Squadron Leader Paul Joseph McGinness DFC DCM (1896-1955), Australian flying ace of the First World War credited with seven aerial victories

  1. ^ MacLysaght, Edward, Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7)
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 14) . Retrieved from on Facebook