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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.
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.
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.
More information is included under the topic Early McKew Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
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
McKew Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
McKew Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
McKew Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
McKew Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
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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