McGraw History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

All Irish surnames have underlying meanings that can be traced back to their fullest points when the names first appeared in a Gaelic form. The name McGraw originally appeared in Gaelic as Mac Graith or Mag Raith; these are both derived from the personal name Craith.

Early Origins of the McGraw family

The surname McGraw was first found in County Clare (Irish: An Clár) located on the west coast of Ireland in the province of Munster, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the McGraw family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McGraw research. Another 87 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1600, 1650, 1523 and 1622 are included under the topic Early McGraw History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McGraw Spelling Variations

One explanation for the many variations is that scribes and church officials frequently spelled the name as it sounded: an imprecise method at best. Understandably then, various spellings of the surname McGraw were found in the many archives researched. These included MacGrath, MacGraw, MacGrauth, Magrath, Magraw and many more.

Early Notables of the McGraw family (pre 1700)

Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McGraw Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States McGraw migration to the United States +

Suffering from poverty and racial discrimination, thousands of Irish families left the island in the 19th century for North America aboard cramped passenger ships. The early migrants became settlers of small tracts of land, and those that came later were often employed in the new cities or transitional work camps. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. Although the immigrants from this period were often maligned when they arrived in the United States, they provided the cheap labor that was necessary for the development of that country as an industrial power. Early immigration and passenger lists have revealed many immigrants bearing the name McGraw:

McGraw Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Thomas McGraw, who arrived in America in 1810 [1]
  • Joseph McGraw, aged 30, who landed in New York in 1812 [1]
  • Catherine McGraw, who landed in Mississippi in 1825 [1]
  • Michael McGraw, aged 22, who arrived in New York, NY in 1850 [1]
  • Hugh McGraw, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1855 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada McGraw migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McGraw Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Private. Neil McGraw U.E., (McRae, McCraw) (b. 1755) born in Argyleshire, Scotland who settled in York County, New Brunswick c. 1787, then relocated to Tabinsutac, New Brunswick in 1798 he served in the 1st Battalion, 42nd Highlanders known as the Black Watch, married to Mary Edwards having 10 children, he died in 1834 [2]

Australia McGraw migration to Australia +

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

McGraw Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John McGraw, aged 41, a farm labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Sea Park" [3]
  • Ellen McGraw, aged 22, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Sir Thomas Gresham" [4]

New Zealand McGraw migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

McGraw Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. W. McGraw, Scottish settler travelling from Clyde aboard the ship "Robert Henderson" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 5th October 1861 [5]
  • Mrs. McGraw, Scottish settler travelling from Clyde aboard the ship "Robert Henderson" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 5th October 1861 [5]
  • Miss McGraw, Scottish settler travelling from Clyde aboard the ship "Robert Henderson" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 5th October 1861 [5]
  • Mr. John Mcgraw, (b. 1838), aged 25, Scottish farm labourer, from Ross-shire travelling from London aboard the ship "Metropolis" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 16th June 1863 [6]

Contemporary Notables of the name McGraw (post 1700) +

  • Private First Class Francis X McGraw, American soldier awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1944
  • John Harte McGraw (1850-1910), American politician, 2nd Governor of Washington state
  • Eloise Jarvis McGraw (1915-2000), American author of children's books, three-time winner of the Newbery Honor Award
  • John Joseph "Muggsy" McGraw (1873-1934), American Major League Baseball player and manager
  • James H. McGraw (1860-1948), co-founder of The McGraw-Hill Companies and President of the company from 1917-1928
  • Phillip Calvin McGraw (b. 1950), best known as Dr. Phil, an American television personality, psychologist and author
  • Deloss McGraw, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Cortland County, 1877 [7]
  • Darrell Vivian McGraw Jr. (b. 1936), American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from West Virginia 3rd District, 1974; Judge of West Virginia supreme court of appeals, 1977- [7]
  • Daniel McGraw, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Franklin County, 1954 [7]
  • C. C. McGraw, American politician, Delegate to Alabama convention to ratify 21st amendment from Bibb County, 1933 [7]
  • ... (Another 32 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


Suggested Readings for the name McGraw +

  • 1556 Dunkin-Reid and Garner-McGraw-Mobley Families of South Carolina, Georgia, and Alabama by Dean Smith Cress, Early McGraw Families of Arkansas County, Arkansas by Carolyn Cloud Stanley.

  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. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SEA PARK 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/seapark1852.shtml.
  4. ^ South Australian Register Monday 20th March 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Sir Thomas Gresham 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/sirthomasgresham1854.shtml.
  5. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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