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Where did the Irish McKew family come from? What is the Irish McKew family crest and coat of arms? When did the McKew family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the McKew family history?

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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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.

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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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.

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

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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


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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  • 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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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.

This page was last modified on 13 November 2014 at 16:21.

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