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The spelling and overall form of Irish names tend to vary widely. The original Gaelic form of the name McNee is Mac Neidhe, which is derived from the word niadh, which means champion.

McNee Early Origins



The surname McNee was first found in County Down (Irish:An Dún) part of the Province of Ulster, in Northern Ireland, formerly known as county St Mirren, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

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McNee Spelling Variations


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McNee Spelling Variations



In the days before Gaelic or English gained any significant semblance of standardization, the scribes who created documents simply recorded names as they sounded. Consequently, in the Middle Ages many people were recorded under different spellings each time their name was written down. Research into the McNee family history revealed numerous spelling variations of the name, including MacNee, MacNea, MacNay, MacKnee, MacNeigh, MacNia, Nee, Knee and many more.

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McNee Early History


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McNee Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McNee research. Another 246 words (18 lines of text) covering the year 1037 is included under the topic Early McNee History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McNee Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McNee Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early McNee 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



Ireland, as an English-controlled colony in the 19th century, suffered the loss of hundreds of thousands of its native people. The system of land ownership often did not sufficiently provide for the tenants who farmed the land. This was most clearly evidenced in the Great Potato Famine of the 1840s. Previous years of great demand for grain products and livestock had run the land down. Many landowners foreseeing an upcoming crisis often removed families from the land or forced them to rely on pitifully small plots where only a subsistence living could be made. When the famines of 1845, 46, and 48 hit, many had nothing. Disease and starvation became widespread and families boarded ships for elsewhere any way they could. Those who went to America were instrumental in developing the industrial power known today: many Irish were employed in hard labor positions in factories and in building the bridges, canals, roads, and railways necessary for a strong industrial nation. Research of early immigration and passenger lists has shown that many bearers of the name McNee:

McNee Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Martin, Lawrence, John and James McNee settled in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1870

McNee Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John McNee, who landed in Canada in 1816

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Contemporary Notables of the name McNee (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name McNee (post 1700)



  • Andrew McNee, Canadian actor, best known for starring as Coach Malone in the movie Diary of a Wimpy Kid
  • Andrew McNee (b. 1979), Australian Olympic Speed Skater, brother of Mark McNee
  • Sir David Blackstock McNee QPN (b. 1925), Scottish Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police from 1977 to 1982
  • Mark McNee (b. 1981), Australian Olympic Speed Skater, brother of Andrew McNee
  • John McNee, Canadian Ambassador to the United Nations

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McNee Family Crest Products


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Tepper, Michael Ed & Elizabeth P. Bentley Transcriber. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Philadelphia 1800-1819. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1986. Print.
    2. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    4. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    5. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    6. MacLysaght, Edward. Mores Irish Familes. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0).
    7. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
    8. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
    9. Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
    10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
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    The McNee Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McNee 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 6 December 2014 at 13:13.

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