The original Gaelic form of McGlincy was Mag Loingsigh, which is derived from the word loingseach, which means mariner.
since ancient times.
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Scribes and church officials, lacking today's standardized spelling rules, recorded names by how they were pronounced. This imprecise guide often led to the misleading result of one person's name being recorded under several different spellings. Numerous spelling variations
of the surname McGlincy are preserved in documents of the family history. The various spellings of the name that were found include McGlinchey, McGlinchy, MacGlinchey, MacGlinchy, MacClincey, MacClincy, MacClinchey, MacClinchy, MacGlinghy, McGlincey, McGlincy, McGlinsey and many more.
The 18th century saw the slow yet steady emigration of Irish families
to British North America and the United States. Those early Irish settlers that left their homeland were typically moderately well off: they were enticed by the promise of a sizable plot of land. However, by the 1840s, this pattern of immigration was gone: immigrants to North America were seeking refuge from the starvation and disease that the Great Potato Famine
of that decade brought. The great numbers of Irish that arrived to the United States and the soon to be Canada were instrumental in their quick development as powerful industrial nations. An examination of early immigration and passenger lists uncovered many early immigrants bearing the name McGlincy:
McGlincy Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- James McGlincy, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1827
- Francis McGlincy, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1844