McGraw History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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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)
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In the United States, the name McGraw is the 1,469th most popular surname with an estimated 19,896 people with that name. 
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 
- Joseph McGraw, aged 30, who landed in New York in 1812 
- Catherine McGraw, who landed in Mississippi in 1825 
- Michael McGraw, aged 22, who arrived in New York, NY in 1850 
- Hugh McGraw, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1855 
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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 
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
- Miss Mary McGraw, Scottish convict who was convicted in Edinburgh, Scotland for 14 years, transported aboard the "Earl of Liverpool" in December 1830, arriving in New South Wales, Australia 
- Mr. John Mcgraw, (b. 1794), aged 37, English farmers man who was convicted in Northumberland, England for life for breaking and entering, transported aboard the "Camden" on 21st March 1831, arriving in New South Wales, Australia 
- John McGraw, aged 41, a farm labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Sea Park" 
- Ellen McGraw, aged 22, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Sir Thomas Gresham" 
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 
- 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 
- 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 
- 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 
Contemporary Notables of the name McGraw (post 1700) +
- Phillip Calvin McGraw (b. 1950), best known as Dr. Phil, an American television personality, psychologist and author
- Samuel Timothy "Tim" McGraw (b. 1967), American singer, actor, and record producer from Start, Louisiana, winner of three Grammy Awards, 14 Academy of Country Music awards, 11 Country Music Association (CMA) awards, 10 American Music Awards, and three People's Choice Awards
- James H. McGraw (1860-1948), American co-founder of The McGraw-Hill Companies and President of the company from 1917-1928
- Frank Edwin "Tug" McGraw Jr. (1944-2004), American MLB baseball relief pitcher, perhaps best remembered for coining the phrase "Ya Gotta Believe", which became the rallying cry for the 1973 New York Mets
- 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
- Edward McGraw, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Rensselaer County 1st District, 1896-97 
- Deloss McGraw, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Cortland County, 1877 
- ... (Another 34 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Historic Events for the McGraw family +
- Mr. Jonathan J. McGraw (b. 1880), Italian coal miner who was in mine 8 at the Monongah mine on 6th December 1907 when it exploded and collapsed; he died 
Related Stories +
Suggested Readings for the name McGraw +
- 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.
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- ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SEA PARK 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/seapark1852.shtml.
- ^ South Australian Register Monday 20th March 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Sir Thomas Gresham 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/sirthomasgresham1854.shtml.
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