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Where did the Irish McGinty family come from? What is the Irish McGinty family crest and coat of arms? When did the McGinty family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the McGinty family history?

Hundreds of years ago, the Gaelic name used by the McGinty family in Ireland was O Fionnachta, which is derived from the words "fionn," meaning "fair," and "sneachta," meaning "snow."


Irish names were rarely spelled consistently in the Middle Ages. Spelling variations of the name McGinty dating from that time include Maginty, MacGinty, McGinty, Ginty, Ginity, Maginnity, O'Ginty, Genty, MacGenty and many more.

First found in County Londonderry (Irish: Doire), a Northern Irish county also known as Derry, in the province of Ulster, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, enjoying a common heritage with the O'Cahans and the O'Neills. They were descended from the Princes of Limavady in Derry, specifically Conchobhar (Connor) a younger brother of Niall Frasach, brother of the King of Ireland. Descended from Connor was Gruagan of the Grogans, Dungan, Cathan, Cathusach, Dermod, to his son Con Cionntach, who was first to assume the name of MacGinty, which anglicized is MacGinty and Ginty.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McGinty research. Another 107 words(8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McGinty History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early McGinty Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


The 19th century saw a great wave of Irish families leaving Ireland for the distant shores of North America and Australia. These families often left their homeland hungry, penniless, and destitute do to the policies of England. Those Irish immigrants that survived the long sea passage initially settled on the eastern seaboard of the continent. Some, however, moved north to a then infant Canada as United Empire Loyalists after ironically serving with the English in the American War of Independence. Others that remained in America later joined the westward migration in search of land. The greatest influx of Irish immigrants, though, came to North America during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Thousands left Ireland at this time for North America, and those who arrived were immediately put to work building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. In fact, the foundations of today's powerful nations of the United Sates and Canada were to a larger degree built by the Irish. Archival documents indicate that members of the McGinty family relocated to North American shores quite early:

McGinty Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John McGinty, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1836
  • Francis McGinty, who landed in Indiana in 1852
  • Hugh McGinty, aged 38, arrived in New York in 1854
  • Bernard, Charles, Daniel, Edward, George, James, John, Matthew, Michael, Owen, Patrick, Samuel, Thomas, and Timothy McGinty who settled in Philadelphia between 1846 and 1866
  • Owen McGinty, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1874

McGinty Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Margaret McGinty, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1834


  • Captain John James McGinty III (1940-2014), United States Marine Corps officer, awarded the Medal of Honor for heroism
  • Vincent James McGinty, American Civil Engineer, Board of Directors, Utica Industrial Development Corp., New Hartford, New York
  • Franklin Alexander McGinty, American recipient of the Navy Cross, eponym of the USS McGinty (DE-365)
  • Joe McGinty, American composer, keyboardist and arranger, best known for his work with The Psychedelic Furs
  • William M. "Billy" McGinty (1871-1961), Oklahoma bronco buster
  • Garnie William McGinty (1900-1984), American historian for thirty-five years at Louisiana Tech University
  • Kathleen Alana "Katie" McGinty, American environmentalist and politician, Pennsylvania Secretary of Environmental Protection (2003-2008), Chairperson of the Council on Environmental Quality (1995-1998)
  • Damian Joseph McGinty Jr. (b. 1992), Irish actor and singer, former member of the group Celtic Thunder
  • Brian McGinty (b. 1976), Scottish footballer who played from 1993 to 2011
  • Adam McGinty (b. 1971), Australian cricketer



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Felis demulcata mitis
Motto Translation: A stroked cat is gentle.


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  10. MacLysaght, Edward. Mores Irish Familes. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0).
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The McGinty Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McGinty 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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