McGillicuddy History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Gaelic is at the heart of all the Irish surnames that can be found throughout the world today. The original Gaelic form of the name McGillicuddy is Mac Giolla Chuda, which perhaps denotes a devotee of St. Mochuda.

Early Origins of the McGillicuddy family

The surname McGillicuddy was first found in County Kerry (Irish:Ciarraí) part of the former County Desmond (14th-17th centuries), located in Southwestern Ireland, in Munster province, where The McGillycuddy of the Reeks (Irish: Mac Giolla Mochuda) was one of the hereditary chiefs of the name of Ireland.

Early History of the McGillicuddy family

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McGillicuddy Spelling Variations

Because early scribes and church officials often spelled names as they sounded, a person could have many various spellings of his name.Many different spelling variations of the surname McGillicuddy were found in the archives researched. These included Gillycuddy, McGillycuddy, Gillecuddy, Gillacuddy, Gillicuddy, McGillicuddy, McGillecuddy, McGillacuddy, McGullucuddy, MacGillicudy, McGillicudy and many more.

Early Notables of the McGillicuddy family (pre 1700)

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United States McGillicuddy migration to the United States +

In the 18th and 19th centuries, thousands of Irish families fled an Ireland that was forcibly held through by England through its imperialistic policies. A large portion of these families crossed the Atlantic to the shores of North America. The fate of these families depended on when they immigrated and the political allegiances they showed after they arrived. Settlers that arrived before the American War of Independence may have moved north to Canada at the war's conclusion as United Empire Loyalists. Such Loyalists were granted land along the St. Lawrence River and the Niagara Peninsula. Those that fought for the revolution occasionally gained the land that the fleeing Loyalist vacated. After this period, free land and an agrarian lifestyle were not so easy to come by in the East. So when seemingly innumerable Irish immigrants arrived during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s, free land for all was out of the question. These settlers were instead put to work building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. Whenever they came, Irish settlers made an inestimable contribution to the building of the New World. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Irish name McGillicuddy or a variant listed above, including:

McGillicuddy Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Phillip McGillicuddy, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1845
  • Frank McGillicuddy, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1878 [1]

Canada McGillicuddy migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McGillicuddy Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Thomas McGillicuddy, aged 35 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Virginius" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in August 1847 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name McGillicuddy (post 1700) +

  • Cornelius Harvey McGillicuddy IV (b. 1967), popularly known as Connie Mack, an American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Florida (2005-2013), son of Connie Mack III
  • Cornelius Alexander McGillicuddy III (b. 1940), popularly known as Connie Mack, an American politician, United States Senator from Florida (1989-2001)
  • Daniel J. McGillicuddy (1859-1936), American politician, United States Representative from Maine
  • Cornelius Alexander McGillicuddy Sr. (1862-1956), nicknamed Connie Mack, the American professional baseball player, manager, and team owner; he holds records for wins (3,731), losses (3,948), and games managed (7,755)
  • John Francis McGillicuddy (1931-2009), American Banker, President of Hanover Trust
  • Susan McGillicuddy, American Republican politician, Supervisor of Meridian Township, Michigan, 2000-; Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives 69th District, 2012 [3]
  • Lillian McGillicuddy, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Arkansas, 1972 [3]
  • George McGillicuddy, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Maine, 1964 [3]
  • Mrs. Frank McGillicuddy, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Arkansas, 1944, 1964 [3]
  • Daniel John McGillicuddy (1859-1936), American Democratic Party politician, Member of Maine State House of Representatives, 1884-85; Mayor of Lewiston, Maine, 1887-88, 1890-91, 1902-03 [3]
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

The McGillicuddy Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Sursum Corda
Motto Translation: Hearts upwards.

  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. 44)
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 14) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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