McGrechen History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Irish surnames are all based on the Gaelic language native to Ireland. The original Gaelic form of the name McGrechen is "O Gormghaile" in Connacht, or "O Goirmleadhaigh" in Ulster.

Early Origins of the McGrechen family

The surname McGrechen was first found in County Donegal (Irish: Dún na nGall), northwest Ireland in the province of Ulster, sometimes referred to as County Tyrconnel, where the McGrechen family held a seat from very ancient times.

Important Dates for the McGrechen family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McGrechen research. Another 208 words (15 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McGrechen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McGrechen Spelling Variations

Those scribes in Ireland during the Middle Ages recorded names as they sounded. Consequently, in this era many people were recorded under different spellings each time their name was written down. Research on the McGrechen family name revealed numerous spelling variations, including Gormley, O'Gormley, Grehan, Gormleigh, Gormly, Gormlie, Grimes and many more.

Early Notables of the McGrechen family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the McGrechen family

During the 19th century thousands of impoverished Irish families made the long journey to British North America and the United States. These people were leaving a land that had become beset with poverty, lack of opportunity, and hunger. In North America, they hoped to find land, work, and political and religious freedoms. Although the majority of the immigrants that survived the long sea passage did make these discoveries, it was not without much perseverance and hard work: by the mid-19th century land suitable for agriculture was short supply, especially in British North America, in the east; the work available was generally low paying and physically taxing construction or factory work; and the English stereotypes concerning the Irish, although less frequent and vehement, were, nevertheless, present in the land of freedom, liberty, and equality for all men. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. Research into passenger and immigration lists has brought forth evidence of the early members of the McGrechen family in North America: Michael Gormley, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1840; and Thady, John, Bridget, Catherine and Mary Gormley who settled in Quebec in 1848.

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