McGinty History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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."

Early Origins of the McGinty family

The surname McGinty was 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.

Early History of the McGinty family

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McGinty Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the McGinty family (pre 1700)

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United States McGinty migration to the United States +

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 due 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 States 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 [1]
  • Francis McGinty, who landed in Indiana in 1852 [1]
  • Hugh McGinty, aged 38, who arrived in New York in 1854 [1]
  • Bernard, Charles, Daniel, Edward, George, James, John, Matthew, Michael, Owen, Patrick, Samuel, Thomas, and Timothy McGinty who, who settled in Philadelphia between 1846 and 1866
  • Owen McGinty, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1874 [1]

Canada McGinty migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McGinty Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Margaret McGinty, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1834

Australia McGinty migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

McGinty Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr.Austin Mcginty, (McGurty), (b. 1791), aged 28, Irish tailor who was convicted in Dublin, Ireland for 14 years for uttering forged notes, transported aboard the "Bencoolen" on 24th April 1819, arriving in New South Wales, Australia before being transferred to Tasmania via the "Admiral Cockburn" [2]
  • Mr. Anthony Mcginty, (b. 1819), aged 29, Scottish cotton spinner who was convicted in Glasgow, Scotland for 7 years for theft, transported aboard the "Bangalore" on 1st January 1850, arriving in Moreton Bay, Queensland, Australia [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name McGinty (post 1700) +

  • Kathleen Alana "Katie" McGinty, American environmentalist and politician, Pennsylvania Secretary of Environmental Protection (2003-2008), Chairperson of the Council on Environmental Quality (1995-1998)
  • Garnie William McGinty (1900-1984), American historian for thirty-five years at Louisiana Tech University
  • 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
  • Captain John James McGinty III (1940-2014), United States Marine Corps officer, awarded the Medal of Honor for heroism
  • William M. "Billy" McGinty (1871-1961), Oklahoma bronco buster
  • Vincent James McGinty, American Civil Engineer, Board of Directors, Utica Industrial Development Corp., New Hartford, New York
  • Selva E. McGinty, American fighter pilot and flying ace in the U.S. Marine Corps, during World War II, credited with 5 aerial victories
  • J. Roy McGinty, American politician, Member of Georgia State Board of Education 7th District, 1947-48 [4]
  • Ernestine McGinty, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1952 [4]
  • ... (Another 14 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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The McGinty Motto +

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.


  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. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 5th October 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/bencoolen
  3. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 11th September 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/australasia
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 14) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  5. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 7) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/


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