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The surname McKew in Ireland have evolved from the Gaelic Mac Aodha, which means son of Aodh or son of Hugh.

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The surname McKew was first found in Connacht (Irish: Connachta, (land of the) descendants of Conn), where they held a family seat from very ancient times.

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 McKew are preserved in these old documents. The various spellings of the name that were found include McHugh, MacHugh, McCue, MacCue, MacKew, McKew and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McKew research. Another 346 words (25 lines of text) covering the years 1313, 1348, and 1585 are included under the topic Early McKew History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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More information is included under the topic Early McKew Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The 19th century saw a great wave of Irish families leaving Ireland for the distant shores of North America and Australia. These families often left their homeland hungry, penniless, and destitute do to the policies of England. Those Irish immigrants that survived the long sea passage initially settled on the eastern seaboard of the continent. Some, however, moved north to a then infant Canada as United Empire Loyalists after ironically serving with the English in the American War of Independence. Others that remained in America later joined the westward migration in search of land. The greatest influx of Irish immigrants, though, came to North America during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Thousands left Ireland at this time for North America, and those who arrived were immediately put to work building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. In fact, the foundations of today's powerful nations of the United Sates and Canada were to a larger degree built by the Irish. Archival documents indicate that members of the McKew family relocated to North American shores quite early:

McKew Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Elizabeth McKew, who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1767
  • Elizabeth McKew, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1767

McKew Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Thomas McKew, who arrived in New Hampshire in 1849
  • Michael McKew, aged 18, landed in New York in 1854
  • Andrew McKew, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1866

McKew Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Charles McKew who settled in Turks Gut (now Marysvale), Newfoundland in 1871

McKew Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James McKew arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Navarino" in 1837
  • Jane McKew arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Navarino" in 1837
  • Margaret McKew arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Navarino" in 1837
  • Mary Ann McKew arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Navarino" in 1837
  • John McKew arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Navarino" in 1837
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McKew Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Thomas McKew, aged 16, a shoemaker, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Adelaide" in 1858
  • Mary Ann McKew, aged 15, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Adelaide" in 1858
  • Margaret McKew, aged 8, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Adelaide" in 1858
  • John McKew, aged 7, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Adelaide" in 1858
  • Sarah McKew, aged 3, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Adelaide" in 1858
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  • Daniel McKew, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Maryland, 1988
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McKew Historic Events



Halifax Explosion

  • Master John Howard  McKew (1916-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
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Citations



    Other References

    1. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    2. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    3. O'Hart, John. Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4).
    4. 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.
    5. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    6. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    7. Kennedy, Patrick. Kennedy's Book of Arms. Canterbury: Achievements, 1967. Print.
    8. 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).
    9. McDonnell, Frances. Emigrants from Ireland to America 1735-1743 A Transcription of the report of the Irish House of Commons into Enforced emigration to America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1331-5).
    10. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
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    The McKew Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McKew 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.

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