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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."

McGinness Early Origins



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.

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McGinness Spelling Variations


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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.

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McGinness Early History


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McGinness Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McGinness research. Another 279 words (20 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.

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McGinness Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McGinness Early Notables (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...

Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McGinness 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



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
  • Stewart McGinness, who arrived in New York, NY in 1812
  • Owen McGinness, aged 16, landed in New York in 1854
  • Joseh McGinness, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1863

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Contemporary Notables of the name McGinness (post 1700)


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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 Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1960, 1964
  • Squadron Leader Paul Joseph McGinness DFC DCM (1896-1955), Australian flying ace of the First World War credited with seven aerial victories

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
    2. Heraldic Scroll and Map of Family names and Origins of Ireland. Dublin: Mullins. Print.
    3. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    4. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    6. Kennedy, Patrick. Kennedy's Book of Arms. Canterbury: Achievements, 1967. Print.
    7. Read, Charles Anderson. The Cabinet of Irish Literature Selections from the Works of the Chief Poets, Orators and Prose Writers of Ireland 4 Volumes. London: Blackie and Son, 1884. Print.
    8. Tepper, Michael Ed & Elizabeth P. Bentley Transcriber. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Philadelphia 1800-1819. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1986. Print.
    9. Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
    10. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
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    The McGinness Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McGinness 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 14 January 2016 at 10:40.

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