McKamie History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The surname McKamie originally appeared in Gaelic as "O Cathain" or "Mac Cathain."

Early Origins of the McKamie family

The surname McKamie was first found in County Londonderry (Irish: Doire), a Northern Irish county also known as Derry, in the province of Ulster. At one time, the areas was named O'Cahan Country.

Important Dates for the McKamie family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McKamie research. Another 130 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1196, 1617, 1641, 1644 and 1819 are included under the topic Early McKamie History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McKamie 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 McKamie are preserved in these old documents. The various spellings of the name that were found include Keane, Kane, Kayne, Keaney, Keny, Keyne, O'Kane, O'Keane, O'Cahan, Cahan, Kean, O'Cain, McCloskey, McCluskey, McClaskey and many more.

Early Notables of the McKamie family (pre 1700)

Prominent amongst the family at this time was Ruaidri Dall Ó Catháin ( fl. late 16th/early 17th century), an Irish harper and composer; and Echlin O'Kane, one of the most famous of all Irish Harpists. Manus O'Cahan's Regiment of Foot was a body of soldiers, many of who had fought in Europe in the early years of the Thirty Years War. McColla, and a cousin by marriage, Manus O'Cahan, were thrown together...
Another 71 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McKamie Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the McKamie family

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 McKamie or a variant listed above: Charles Kane settled in New London Conn. in 1811 with his family; Charles, David, Francis, Henry, James, John, Michael, Patrick, Thomas and William Kane all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1870.

Contemporary Notables of the name McKamie (post 1700)

  • Aubree Mckamie, American actress, known for No Burgers for Bigfoot (2008), Dale and the Laughing Turtle (2009) and The Stripes of Sigmund's Tie (2007)
  • Josh McKamie, American multiple award winning cinematographer and writer, known for Army of Frankensteins (2013), A Shot in the Dark (2014) and The Stripes of Sigmund's Tie (2007)
  • Dustin McKamie, American visual effects specialist, known for his work on The Walking Dead (2010), Maximum Ride (2016) and The Visitor (2015)

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