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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.

McKew Early Origins



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.

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McKew Spelling Variations


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McKew 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 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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McKew Early History


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McKew Early History



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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McKew Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McKew Early Notables (pre 1700)



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 Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0

McKew Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James McKew arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Navarino" in 1837 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) NAVARINO 1837. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837Navarino.htm
  • Jane McKew arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Navarino" in 1837 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) NAVARINO 1837. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837Navarino.htm
  • Margaret McKew arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Navarino" in 1837 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) NAVARINO 1837. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837Navarino.htm
  • Mary Ann McKew arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Navarino" in 1837 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) NAVARINO 1837. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837Navarino.htm
  • John McKew arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Navarino" in 1837 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) NAVARINO 1837. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837Navarino.htm
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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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Contemporary Notables of the name McKew (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name McKew (post 1700)



  • Daniel McKew, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Maryland, 1988

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McKew Historic Events


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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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McKew Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) NAVARINO 1837. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837Navarino.htm

Other References

  1. Harris, Ruth-Ann and B. Emer O'Keefe. The Search for Missing Friends Irish Immigrant Advertisements Placed in the Boston Pilot Volume II 1851-1853. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1991. Print.
  2. Tepper, Michael Ed & Elizabeth P. Bentley Transcriber. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Philadelphia 1800-1819. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1986. Print.
  3. Kennedy, Patrick. Kennedy's Book of Arms. Canterbury: Achievements, 1967. Print.
  4. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
  5. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  6. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
  7. O'Hart, John. Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4).
  8. Woodham-Smith, Cecil. The Great Hunger Ireland 1845-1849. New York: Old Town Books, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-385-3).
  9. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1978. Print.
  10. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
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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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