McGucken History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The McGucken surname appeared in Gaelic as Mag Uiginn, which is probably derived from a Norse forename. The name is usually pronounced as "McGwiggen" in it's homeland County Tyrone (especially around Omagh).

Early Origins of the McGucken family

The surname McGucken was first found in County Tyrone (Irish:Tír Eoghain), the ancient territory of the O'Neills, now in the Province of Ulster, central Northern Ireland, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the McGucken family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McGucken research. Another 71 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1800, 1616 and 1659 are included under the topic Early McGucken History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McGucken Spelling Variations

Within the archives researched, many different spelling variations of the surname McGucken were found. These included One reason for the many variations is that scribes and church officials often spelled an individual's name as it sounded. This imprecise method often led to many versions. MacGuigan, MacGoogan, MacGougan,MacGookin, MacGuckin, MacGugan, MacQuiggan, MacWiggin, MacGucken, MacGuckian, MacGuiggan, MacGuighan and many more.

Early Notables of the McGucken family (pre 1700)

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New Zealand McGucken 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:

McGucken Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Esther Mcgucken, (b. 1834), aged 28, British dairymaid travelling from London aboard the ship "Echunga" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 24th December 1862 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name McGucken (post 1700) +

  • Joseph McGucken, American clergyman, Roman Catholic Archbishop of San Francisco (1962-1977)
  • Patrick F. X. McGucken, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from Maryland 8th District, 1968 [2]
  • Mrs. Imelda Mary McGucken M.B.E., British Director for CHARIS Cancer Centre, was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire on 29th December 2018 for services to Nursing and to Palliative Care in Northern Ireland [3]

The McGucken Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Semper patriae servire presto
Motto Translation: Always ready to serve my country

  1. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 19) . Retrieved from
  3. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, on Facebook
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