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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 McGinnis is Mag Aonghusa or Mag Aonghuis, which mean "son of Angus."

McGinnis Early Origins



The surname McGinnis was first found in County Down (Irish:An Dn) 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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McGinnis Spelling Variations


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McGinnis Spelling Variations



Many different spelling variations of the surname McGinnis exist in the archives researched. Ancient scribes and church officials recorded names as they were pronounced, often resulting in a single person being recorded under several different spellings. Different spellings that were found include Genis, Guinness, Magennis, Guinnessy, McGuinness and many more.

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McGinnis Early History


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McGinnis Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McGinnis 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 McGinnis History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McGinnis Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McGinnis 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 McGinnis 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



Ireland experienced a dramatic decrease in its population during the late 19th century. This was in a great measure, a response to England's imperialistic policies. Hunger and disease took the lives of many Irish people and many more chose to leave their homeland to escape such hunger and disease. North America with its promise of work, freedom, and land was an extremely popular destination for Irish families. For those families that survived the journey, all three of these things were were often attained through much hard work and perseverance. Research into early immigration and passenger lists revealed many immigrants bearing the name McGinnis:

McGinnis Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Catherine McGinnis, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1745

McGinnis Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Robert McGinnis, who landed in Maryland in 1802
  • Thomas McGinnis, who arrived in America in 1804
  • Roger McGinnis, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1808
  • John McGinnis, aged 22, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Edward McGinnis, aged 30, landed in New York in 1812
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

McGinnis Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. George McGinnis U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. John McGinnis U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 son of Roberth McGinnis [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Richard McGinnis U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 son of Roberth McGinnis [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Robert McGinnis U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mrs. Sarah McGinnis U.E., (McGinness, McGinn, Magin), (ne Kast) (b. 1716) born in New York, USA who settled in Canada c. 1784 married having one son George [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

McGinnis Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • William McGinnis, who landed in Canada in 1832
  • John McGinnis, aged 22, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Madawaska" in 1833
  • James McGinnis, aged 2, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Madawaska" in 1833
  • Sally McGinnis, aged 25, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Madawaska" in 1833
  • Betty McGinnis, aged 20, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Madawaska" in 1833
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

McGinnis Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Mrs. Mary McGinnis, aged 36, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Lady Ann"

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Contemporary Notables of the name McGinnis (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name McGinnis (post 1700)



  • Brigadier-General Harold Alling McGinnis (1893-1986), American Inspector-General, 8th Air Force (1942-1944)
  • Shannon McGinnis (b. 1980), American soap opera actress
  • Scott McGinnis (b. 1958), American actor and director, best known as Mr. Adventure in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
  • Ryan McGinnis (b. 1987), American NHL ice hockey player
  • Ross A. McGinnis (1987-2006), American soldier, Medal of Honor recipient
  • Howard Justus McGinnis (1882-1971), American academic
  • George McGinnis (b. 1950), American professional NBA basketball player
  • Charles McGinnis (1906-1995), American Olympic bronze medalist
  • Michael D. McGinnis, American Democrat politician, Mayor of Chico, California, 1994-96; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 2008
  • Nancy McGinnis, American Democrat politician, Presidential Elector for Washington, 2000
  • ... (Another 32 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

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  2. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1978. Print.
  3. MacLysaght, Edward. Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7).
  4. Vicars, Sir Arthur. Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  5. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. 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).
  7. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  8. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  9. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  10. McDonnell, Frances. Emigrants from Ireland to America 1735-1743 A Transcription of the report of the Irish House of Commons into Enforced emigration to America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1331-5).
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The McGinnis Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McGinnis 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 29 November 2016 at 13:30.

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