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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 McGrew originally appeared in Gaelic as Mac Graith or Mag Raith; these are both derived from the personal name Craith.

McGrew Early Origins



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

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McGrew Spelling Variations


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McGrew Spelling Variations



During the Middle Ages, scribes recorded people's names as they saw fit. As a result, surnames often had many spelling variations. For McGrew some of these variations included: MacGrath, MacGraw, MacGrauth, Magrath, Magraw and many more.

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McGrew Early History


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McGrew Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McGrew research. Another 173 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1600, and 1650 are included under the topic Early McGrew History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McGrew Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McGrew Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early McGrew 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



Irish families began leaving their homeland for North America in the late 18th century. These families were usually modestly well off, but they were looking forward to owning and working on a sizable tract of land of their own. This pattern of emigration continued until the 1840s when the Great Potato Famine sparked a major exodus of destitute and desperate Irish people. These people were not leaving for a grant of land in North America because by this time the East Coast had reached its saturation point and free land was scarce. They were merely looking to escape the disease, starvation, and hopelessness that Ireland had fallen into. Although these unfortunate immigrants did not receive a warm welcome by the established populations in the United States and what would become Canada, they were absolutely critical to the rapid development that these two nations enjoyed. They would help populate the western lands and provide the cheap labor required for a rapid industrialization. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has revealed many early bearers of the name McGrew or one of its variants:

McGrew Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • James McGrew, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1787 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • John McGrew, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1787 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)

McGrew Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Alexander McGrew, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1859 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)

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Contemporary Notables of the name McGrew (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name McGrew (post 1700)



  • Sam McGrew (b. 1984), former American NFL football linebacker
  • Reggie McGrew (b. 1976), American NFL football defensive tackle
  • Larry McGrew (1957-2004), retired American NFL football linebacker
  • John McGrew (1910-1999), American animator, painter and musician
  • James McGrew (1813-1910), American politician, merchant, banker and hospital director
  • W. D. McGrew, American politician, Mayor of Gillette, Wyoming, 1913-14, 1930-34 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Tom McGrew, American politician, Mayor of Columbia, Tennessee, 1960 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • John McGrew, American politician, Member of Minnesota State House of Representatives 14th District, 1862 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • James Clark McGrew (1813-1910), American Republican politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Preston County, 1863-65; U.S. Representative from West Virginia 2nd District, 1869-73 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • James McGrew, American Republican politician, Lieutenant Governor of Kansas, 1865-67 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name McGrew


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Suggested Readings for the name McGrew



  • Descendants of John Simmons and the Allied Families of Hatton, McGrew, Sherwood, Linthicum, and Cathcart by Ruth Maxwell Graham.
  • McGrew Genealogy by Paul Cornelius McGrew.

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McGrew Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



  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. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html

Other References

  1. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  2. Fitzgerald, Thomas W. Ireland and Her People A Library of Irish Biography 5 Volumes. Chicago: Fitzgerald. Print.
  3. Kennedy, Patrick. Kennedy's Book of Arms. Canterbury: Achievements, 1967. Print.
  4. Johnson, Daniel F. Irish Emigration to New England Through the Port of Saint John, New Brunswick Canada 1841-1849. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield, 1996. Print.
  5. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
  6. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  8. Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
  9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  10. Tepper, Michael Ed & Elizabeth P. Bentley Transcriber. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Philadelphia 1800-1819. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1986. Print.
  11. ...

The McGrew Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McGrew 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 7 July 2017 at 17:05.

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