McGlinchy History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The original Gaelic form of McGlinchy was Mag Loingsigh, which is derived from the word loingseach, which means mariner.

Early Origins of the McGlinchy family

The surname McGlinchy was first found in Ulster (Irish: Ulaidh), where this family held a family seat since ancient times.

Early History of the McGlinchy family

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McGlinchy Spelling Variations

Names written in official documents were generally spelt as they sounded, leading to the problem of one name being recorded under several different variations, creating the illusion in records of more than one person. Among the many spelling variations of the surname McGlinchy that are preserved in documents of the family history are McGlinchey, McGlinchy, MacGlinchey, MacGlinchy, MacClincey, MacClincy, MacClinchey, MacClinchy, MacGlinghy, McGlincey, McGlincy, McGlinsey and many more.

Early Notables of the McGlinchy family (pre 1700)

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United States McGlinchy migration to the United States +

In the late 18th century, Irish families began emigrating to North America in the search of a plot of land to call their own. This pattern of emigration grew steadily until the 1840s when the Great Potato Famine of the 1840s cause thousands of Irish to flee the death and disease that accompanied the disaster. Those that made it alive to the shores of the United States and British North America (later to become Canada) were, however, instrumental in the development of those two powerful nations. Many of these Irish immigrants proudly bore the name of McGlinchy:

McGlinchy Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Pat McGlinchy, aged 20, who arrived in New York in 1854 [1]
  • Charles McGlinchy, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1857

Canada McGlinchy migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McGlinchy Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • John McGlinchy, aged 21, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Leslie Gault" in 1833

Australia McGlinchy migration to Australia +

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

McGlinchy Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mrs. Catherine Mcglinchy, (b. 1779), aged 50, Irish house maid who was convicted in Londonderry, Ireland for 7 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Edward" on 1st January 1829, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, listed as having 3 children with her [2]
  • Miss Anne Mcglinchy, (b. 1821), aged 8, Irish settler traveling with convict Mrs. Cathereine Mcglinchy, transported aboard the "Edward" on 1st January 1829, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [2]
  • Miss Elizabeth Mcglinchy, (b. 1826), aged 3, Irish settler traveling with convict Mrs. Cathereine Mcglinchy, transported aboard the "Edward" on 1st January 1829, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [2]
  • James McGlinchy, aged 24, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Admiral Boxer"

Contemporary Notables of the name McGlinchy (post 1700) +

  • Kevin McGlinchy (b. 1977), American former Major League Baseball pitcher who played with the Atlanta Braves from 1999-2000
  • Sean McGlinchy (b. 1992), British bronze medalist amateur boxer at the 2014 Commonwealth Games


  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 19th November 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/edward


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