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McKague History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The original Gaelic form of McKague was Mac Taidh or O Taidhg.

Early Origins of the McKague family


The surname McKague was first found in County Galway (Irish: Gaillimh) part of the province of Connacht, located on the west coast of the Island, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the McKague family


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McKague Spelling Variations


Pronunciation, rather than spelling, guided scribes and church officials when recording names during the Middle Ages. This practice often resulted in one person's name being recorded under several different spellings. Numerous spelling variations of the surname McKague are preserved in these old documents. The various spellings of the name that were found include MacTeige, McTeige, MacTigue, McTigue, MacCaig, MacCaige, McCaig, McCaige, MacKaig, McKaig, MacKeague, McKeague, McKeage, MacTague and many more.

Early Notables of the McKague family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the McKague family to the New World and Oceana


A massive amount of Ireland's native population left the island in the 19th century for North America and Australia in hopes of finding more opportunities and an escape from discrimination and oppression. A great portion of these migrants arrived on the eastern shores of the North American continent. Although they were generally poor and destitute, and, therefore, again discriminated against, these Irish people were heartily welcomed for the hard labor involved in the construction of railroads, canals, roadways, and buildings. Many others were put to work in the newly established factories or agricultural projects that were so essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest nations in the world. The Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s initiated the largest wave of Iris immigration. Early North American immigration and passenger lists have revealed a number of people bearing the name McKague or a variant listed above:

McKague Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Mary McKague, aged 12, who arrived in America from County Derry, Ireland, in 1904
  • May McKague, aged 19, who arrived in America from County Cork, Ireland, in 1905
  • Mary Mckague, aged 35, who arrived in New York City, New York, in 1920

McKague Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Muriel McKague, aged 27, who arrived in Toronto, Canada, in 1924

Contemporary Notables of the name McKague (post 1700)


  • Shirley J. McKague (b. 1935), American politcian, Republican Idaho State Senator (2007-)

The McKague 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: Summum nec metuam diem nec optem
Motto Translation: May I neither dread nor desire the last day.


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