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Magee Name Study

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Surnames/tags: Magee Macgee McGee
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This is a One Name Study to collect together in one place everything about one surname and the variants of that name. The hope is that other Magee researchers like you will join our study to help make it a valuable reference point for people studying lines that cross or intersect.

Variants of Magee[1]

  • Mc Gee
  • MacGee
  • MacGhee
  • McGoey
  • McGahy
  • Mogey
  • Moggy
  • Moggie
  • MacGhie

Information About Magee Name[2]

Manx, Irish, and Scottish. It derives from "Mag", an early spelling of "Mac", indicating "son of ", plus the personal byname "Aodh" meaning "Fire", originally the name of a pagan god. The Irish nameholders belonged primarily to Ulster and their original territory lay on the borders of counties Donegal and Tyrone. It is interesting to note that the large neck of land on the east of Lough Larne in County Antrim is called Island Magee indicating that this territory was at one time in the possession of the Magees. The earliest recorded Scottish namebearer was one Gilmighel MacEthe of Dumfries, who rendered homage to King Edward Ist of England n 1296. Other recordings taken from authentic rolls and charters include Michael MacGhethe who was a juror on an inquisition in Annandale in 1304 and Michael Magy who was recorded in Orkney in 1424. Agnis Muggye was married at Templemore, Derry, in 1649, and Alexander Moggy was christened at Ballymoney, Antrim, on October 20th 1831.The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Teag MacGee, "a chief of the sept", which was dated circa 1000a.d. in the "Early Medieval Records of County Westmeath". This was during the reign of King Brian Boru, "High King of Ireland", 1002 - 1014. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

Read more: https://www.surnamedb.com/Surname/Magee#ixzz6Dgu7gUIw

Task List

Identify Major Lines of Magees

  • Thomas Magee 1749 Spotsylvania County, Virginia - unknown
    • William T Magee (1831-1879) m. Mary Kramer (1837-?). William was born in Cynthiana, KY and died in Fountain, Colorado.

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