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From: Pat Traynor <>
Subject: Re: Scotch-Irish-D Digest V97 #324
Date: Mon, 10 Nov 1997 11:32:37 -0500
John wrote .......
>My maternal grandmother was a McKee- her father was [presumably!]
>however his mother was from Ulster; which seems to suggest Scotch
>Would be glad to exchange detailed information if you are
>my wife's line has a lot of Mackey included.
Hello John, I have none of those names in my lines, but this person
is searching McKee in Derry and Antrim. Also PRESTON and McCLEAN.
Sometimes you just can't tell whether a name is Scottish or if it
was from Irish that went there in very early times. Most people
would swear that "MacDougall" was definitely Scottish.
Irish Pedigrees states that the following Scottish families are of
Irish origin, whose ancestors at an early period peopled Galloway
CAMBELL, COLQUHOUN, LAMONT, MacALLISTER, MacARTHUR, MacCALLUM,
MacDONALD, MacDOUGALL, MacGREGOR, MacLACHLIN OR MacLAUGHLIN, MacLEAN,
MacNEAL, MacQUARY, etc. (Don't know how many others are included in
In "Irish Pedigrees" by O'Hart, under the MacHugh, of Ulster,
FLAITHEARTACH of the Maguire pedigree was the ancestor of MacAodh,
which has been anglicised as; MacHugh, Hughson, Hewson, Hudson,
McCue, McCuy, MacKay, MacKey, McKay, Mackey, McKee, and Magee.
AODH means "fire". In transition of Irish names to English, Aodh
was sometimes pronounced
by the English as "Od" and from that came Odson (son of Od), and
then Hudson, etc.
How did they get Hughes and McCoy from AODH you ask?
More details and explanation of the various spellings can be found
volume 1 on pages 542 and in the HUGHES pedigree on page 490.
I can't figure out how Kay and Kee came from that though.
Hughes descended from another AODH, O'h Aodh from the MacMorough
The HUGHES name comes from Monaghan, Wicklow,and Galway. Maguires
come from "Maguire's Country", co. Fermanagh. My ggrandparents were
No place of origin for McCOY but the McHUGHES originated in
Galway, Donegal, Cavan, and Longford.
The ancient Irish name of MacNamee has been modernized as MEE and
It is a branch off the CONROY pedigree. Origin is county Londonderry.
Among the possible Scottish names are MacMEIL, MacBEE, MacKEE, MacGEE.
Names get spelled in many different ways over the years and oceans.
There were 8 McKEEs In my 1988 phone book that covers these counties;
MONAGHAN, CAVAN, LOUTH, MEATH, WESTMEATH, LONGFORD, KILDARE,
WICKLOW. Also small portions of LEITRIM, ROSCOMMON, OFFALY, and
Towns listed are; Monaghan, Drogheda, Castleblayney,
Tara, Carbury, Belewstown, Duleek.
That book and the county Dublin book are the only two I have.
Well, this should help to confuse you, I'm sure!
Pat Traynor, in California's gold-rush country.
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