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The original Gaelic form of the McGoff surname is Mag Eochagain, a patronymic derived from the personal name Eochaidh.

McGoff Early Origins



The surname McGoff was first found in the county of Westmeath (Irish: An Iarmhí) in the Irish Midlands, province of Leinster, in the barony of Moycashel at Kilbeggan where they held a family seat from ancient times. Traditionally, the McGoffs are said to descend from Fiacha, son of Niall of the Nine Hostages.

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McGoff Spelling Variations


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McGoff Spelling Variations



The recording of names in Ireland in the Middle Ages was an inconsistent endeavor at best. The many regional dialects and the predominate illiteracy would have made common surnames appear unrelated to the scribes of the period. Research into the name McGoff revealed spelling variations, including Geoghegan, Gagahan, Gahagan, Gahaghan, Gaghan, Gegan, MacGeoghegan, Geohan and many more.

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McGoff Early History


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McGoff Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McGoff research. Another 465 words (33 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1186, 1291, 1580, 1600, 1603, 1650, 1689, 1702, 1763, and 1800 are included under the topic Early McGoff History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McGoff Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McGoff Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent amongst the family at this time was Conal MacGeoghegan (circa 1580-1650) Chief of the sept MacGeoghegan, historian who translated the Annals of Clonmacnoise; James MacGeoghegan (1702-1763) of Westmeath...

Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McGoff 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



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 McGoff:

McGoff Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Thomas McGoff, aged 25, who emigrated to the United States from Co. Mayo, in 1893

McGoff Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Peter McGoff, aged 18, who landed in America from Crossmolina, Ireland, in 1906
  • Mary McGoff, aged 19, who landed in America from Ballina, Ireland, in 1908
  • Dennis McGoff, aged 57, who landed in America from Govan, Scotland, in 1910
  • Kate McGoff, aged 19, who emigrated to the United States from Ballyhaunis, Ireland, in 1913
  • Pat McGoff, aged 23, who emigrated to America from Crossmolina, Ireland, in 1915
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name McGoff (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name McGoff (post 1700)



  • Laurel McGoff (b. 1995), American actress
  • Dennis McGoff, American politician, Socialist Labor Candidate for Governor of Massachusetts, 1911
  • Ruairi McGoff (b. 1984), English rugby league player

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    2. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    3. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
    4. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    5. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    6. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
    7. Heraldic Scroll and Map of Family names and Origins of Ireland. Dublin: Mullins. Print.
    8. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    9. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    10. Read, Charles Anderson. The Cabinet of Irish Literature Selections from the Works of the Chief Poets, Orators and Prose Writers of Ireland 4 Volumes. London: Blackie and Son, 1884. Print.
    11. ...

    The McGoff Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McGoff 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 14 January 2016 at 10:44.

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