McQuaid History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the McQuaid family

The surname McQuaid 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 McQuaid family

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

McQuaid Spelling Variations

In the Middle Ages many people were recorded under different spellings each time their name was written down. Research on the McQuaid family name revealed numerous spelling variations, including McQuaid, McQuade, McWade, McQuid, McQuoid, McQuaide and many more.

Early Notables of the McQuaid family (pre 1700)

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United States McQuaid migration to the United States +

Ireland saw an enormous decrease in its population in the 19th century due to immigration and death. This pattern of immigration began slowly in the late 18th century and gradually grew throughout the early portion of the 19th century. However, a dramatic increase in the country's immigration numbers occurred when the Great Potato Famine struck in the 1840s. The early immigrants to North America were primarily destined to be farmers tending to their own plot of land, those that came later initially settled within pre-established urban centers. These urban immigrants provided the cheap labor that the fast developing United States and soon to be Canada required. Regardless of their new lifestyle in North America, the Irish immigrants to the United States and Canada made invaluable contributions to their newly adopted societies. An investigation of immigrant and passenger lists revealed many McQuaids:

McQuaid Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Michael McQuaid, aged 29, who arrived in Delaware in 1812 [1]
  • Patrick McQuaid, aged 30, who landed in New York in 1812 [1]
  • James McQuaid, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1851 [1]
  • John McQuaid, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1853 [1]
  • Andrew, Daniel, Edward, Farrel, James, John, Michael, Owen, Patrick, Peter, and Terrence McQuaid all, who arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860

Canada McQuaid migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McQuaid Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • John McQuaid, aged 23, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Highlander" in 1834
  • Mrs. Ann McQuaid, aged 40 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Maria Somes" departing from the port of Cork, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle in September 1847 [2]
  • Miss. Ann McQuaid, aged 16 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Maria Somes" departing from the port of Cork, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle in October 1847 [2]
  • Mr. George McQuaid, aged 2 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Virgilia" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle on 21st September 1847 [2]

Australia McQuaid migration to Australia +

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

McQuaid Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Barney McQuaid, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Adelaide" on August 08, 1849, settling in Van Diemen's Land and Port Phillip, Australia [3]
  • Catherine McQuaid, aged 26, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Fitzjames"

New Zealand McQuaid 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:

McQuaid Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mary McQuaid, aged 21, a domestic servant, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rakaia" in 1879

Contemporary Notables of the name McQuaid (post 1700) +

  • Brad McQuaid (1968-2019), American video game designer, key designer of EverQuest
  • Daniel James McQuaid (b. 1960), American NFL football offensive tackle who played from 1985 to 1988
  • Mortimer Martin "Mart" McQuaid (1861-1928), American Major League Baseball second baseman and outfielder who played for the 1891 St. Louis Browns and 1898 Washington Senators
  • Herbert George "Herb" McQuaid (1899-1966), American Major League Baseball pitcher who played for the Cincinnati Reds in 1923 and the New York Yankees in 1926
  • John H. "Jack" McQuaid (1859-1895), American professional baseball player and umpire, active 1886-1888 (AA), 1889-1894 (NL)
  • Daniel James "Dan" McQuaid (b. 1960), American professional NFL football player who played from 1985 to 1988
  • Bernard John McQuaid (1823-1909), American Roman Catholic bishop, first Bishop of Rochester N.Y, first president of Seton Hall University
  • Glenn McQuaid (b. 1972), Irish film director
  • Oliver McQuaid (b. 1954), Irish cyclist at the 1976 Summer Olympics
  • Kieron McQuaid (b. 1950), Irish cyclist at the 1972 Summer Olympics
  • ... (Another 8 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Hood
  • Mr. Ernest G McQuaid (b. 1921), Irish Marine serving for the Royal Marine from Armagh, County Armagh, Ireland, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [4]


  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. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 46)
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 17) Adelaide voyage to Van Diemen's Land and Port Phillip, Australia in 1849 with 303 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adelaide/1849
  4. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm


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