Megraw History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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All Irish surnames have underlying meanings that can be traced back to their fullest points when the names first appeared in a Gaelic form. The name Megraw originally appeared in Gaelic as Mac Graith or Mag Raith; these are both derived from the personal name Craith.
Early Origins of the Megraw family
The surname Megraw was first found in County Clare (Irish: An Clár) located on the west coast of Ireland in the province of Munster, where they held a family seat from ancient times.
Important Dates for the Megraw family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Megraw research. Another 87 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1600, 1650, 1523 and 1622 are included under the topic Early Megraw History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Megraw Spelling Variations
During the Middle Ages, surnames were spelt by scribes solely based on how it sounded, one's name could have been recorded many different ways during the life of its bearer. Numerous spelling variations were revealed in the search for the origin of the name Megraw family name. Variations found include MacGrath, MacGraw, MacGrauth, Magrath, Magraw and many more.
Early Notables of the Megraw family (pre 1700)
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Megraw migration to the United States
Under the rule of England, land ownership in Ireland changed dramatically, and many native Irish families found themselves renting out land to farm from absentee owners. This was one of the prime reasons that immigration to North America began in the late 18th century: Irish farmers dreamed of owning their own parcel of land to work for themselves. At this point, the immigrants were at least of modest means for the passage across the Atlantic was often quite dear. In the 1840s the Great Potato Famine created an exodus of people of quite different means. These people were most often destitute: they either sold anything they had to gain a passage or they were sponsored by philanthropic societies. Many of these immigrants were sick from disease and starvation: as a result many did not survive the long transatlantic journey. Although those settlers that did survive were often despised and discriminated against by people already established in these nations, they were critical to rapid development of the powerful industrial nations of the United States and the country that would later become known as Canada. An examination of immigration and passenger lists shows many persons bearing the name of Megraw or one of its variants:
Megraw Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Thomas Megraw, who arrived in America in 1810 
- William Megraw, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1848 
- Edward T Megraw, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1872 
Contemporary Notables of the name Megraw (post 1700)
- R. H. Megraw (b. 1858), American politician, Member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from Armstrong County, 1909 
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