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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
  • John McGrew, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1787

McGrew Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Alexander McGrew, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1859

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Contemporary Notables of the name McGrew (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name McGrew (post 1700)



  • W. D. McGrew, American politician, Mayor of Gillette, Wyoming, 1913-14, 1930-34
  • Tom McGrew, American politician, Mayor of Columbia, Tennessee, 1960
  • John McGrew, American politician, Member of Minnesota State House of Representatives 14th District, 1862
  • 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
  • James McGrew, American Republican politician, Lieutenant Governor of Kansas, 1865-67
  • David McGrew, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Colorado 3rd District, 1916
  • William McGrew, American politician, Member of Mississippi territorial House of Representatives, 1811
  • William C. McGrew, American politician, Member of West Virginia State Senate 10th District, 1879-86
  • Sam McGrew (b. 1984), former American NFL football linebacker
  • Reggie McGrew (b. 1976), American NFL football defensive tackle
  • ... (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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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    2. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
    3. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of Ireland. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1969. Print.
    4. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
    5. Woodham-Smith, Cecil. The Great Hunger Ireland 1845-1849. New York: Old Town Books, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-385-3).
    6. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    7. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    8. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    9. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    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 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 19 February 2016 at 14:45.

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