McQuade History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The original Gaelic form of McQuade was Mac Uaid, which means son of Wat.

Early Origins of the McQuade family

The surname McQuade was first found in County Monaghan (Irish: Muineachán) located in the Northern part of the Republic of Ireland in the province of Ulster.

Early History of the McQuade family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McQuade research. Another 65 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 175 and 1750 are included under the topic Early McQuade History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McQuade Spelling Variations

Individual scribes in the Ireland during the Middle Ages would often record a person's name various ways. How the name was recorded depended on what that particular scribe believed the proper spelling for the name pronounced to him was. Spelling variations revealed in the search for the origin of the McQuade family name include McQuaid, McQuade, McWade, McQuid, McQuoid, McQuaide and many more.

Early Notables of the McQuade family (pre 1700)

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


United States McQuade migration to the United States +

The 19th century saw a great wave of Irish migrating out of their homeland in a great measure due to the oppressive imperial policies of the English government and landowners. Many of these Irish families sailed to North America aboard overcrowded passenger ships. By far, the largest influx of Irish immigrants to North America occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. These particular immigrants were instrumental in creation of the United States and Canada as major industrial nations because the many essential elements such as the roadways, canals, bridges, and railways required an enormous quantity of cheap labor, which these poor immigrants provided. Later generations of Irish in these countries also went on to make valuable contributions in such fields as the arts, commerce, politics, and education. Extensive research into immigration and passenger lists has revealed many early immigrants bearing the name McQuade:

McQuade Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James McQuade, who arrived in America in 1805 [1]
  • Bridget McQuade, aged 28, who landed in New York, NY in 1806 [1]
  • Phelemy McQuade, aged 29, who arrived in New York, NY in 1806 [1]
  • Rose McQuade, aged 26, who landed in New York, NY in 1806 [1]
  • Patrick McQuade, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1825 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada McQuade migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McQuade Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Edward McQuade, aged 24, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "John & Mary" from Belfast, Ireland
  • Mary McQuade, aged 50, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Prudence" in 1838
  • John McQuade, aged 17, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Prudence" in 1838
  • Patrick McQuade, aged 12, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Prudence" in 1838
  • Mary McQuade, aged 11, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Prudence" in 1838
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia McQuade migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

McQuade Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Agnes McQuade, aged 18, Irish convict from Dublin, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" in 1834, settling in New South Wales, Australia [2]
  • Christopher McQuade, aged 19, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1851 [3]
  • Christopher McQuade, aged 19, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Prince Regent" [3]
  • James McQuade, aged 19, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Anglia" [4]

New Zealand McQuade migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

McQuade Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Richard McQuade, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cairngorm" in 1863

Contemporary Notables of the name McQuade (post 1700) +

  • Barbara L. McQuade (b. 1964), American lawyer and jurist, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan (2010-)
  • Marian McQuade (1917-2008), American founder of National Grandparents Day
  • Arlene McQuade (1936-2014), American actress, best known for playing Rosalie in The Goldbergs
  • Mr. James McQuade B.E.M., British recipient of the British Empire Medal on 8th June 2018, for services to Music in the community in Sleaford, Lincolnshire
  • Denis McQuade (b. 1951), Scottish former footballer who played from 1969 to 1980, member of the Scottish League XI National Team in 1972
  • Kris McQuade (b. 1952), Australian actress, known for her work on Strictly Ballroom (1992), Ned Kelly (2003) and Better Than Sex (2000)
  • John McQuade (1912-1984), Northern Ireland politician and professional boxer who fought under the name of Jack Higgins, Member of Parliament for Belfast Woodvale (1965-1972) and for Belfast North (1979-1983)
  • Arthur McQuade (1817-1884), Irish-born, Canadian politician who represented Victoria South in the Canadian House of Commons from 1874 to 1882
  • Henry McQuade, Australian politician, member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly
  • David McQuade Leibowitz, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for Texas State Senate 26th District, 2000; Member of Texas State House of Representatives 117th District; Elected 2004, 2006, 2008; Defeated, 2010

Halifax Explosion
  • Mrs. Agnes  McQuade (1882-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [5]


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 27) Andromeda voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1834 with 15 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/andromeda/1834
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PRINCE REGENT 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851PrinceRegent.htm
  4. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ANGLIA 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/anglia1852.shtml
  5. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance


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