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Mcgahan Surname Meaning

Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Eacháin or Mag Eocháin ‘son of Eachán’ a diminutive of Eachaidh a personal name based on each ‘horse’. Scottish variants tend to spell the internal fricative [x] as ch rather than gh or h as in Ireland (see McEachin ). Also compare Keough and Keohane .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Mcgaha, Mccahan, Gahan, Mcgeehan, Mccaughan, Monahan, Mcmahon

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Where is the Mcgahan family from?

You can see how Mcgahan families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Mcgahan family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Mcgahan families were found in USA in 1920. In 1891 there were 39 Mcgahan families living in Durham. This was about 49% of all the recorded Mcgahan's in United Kingdom. Durham had the highest population of Mcgahan families in 1891.
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What did your Mcgahan ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Mcgahan. 56% of Mcgahan men worked as a General Labourer and 77% of Mcgahan women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Mcgahan were Painter decorator and Unpd Domestic Duties. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Postman
  • Painter decorator

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Ladies Hairdresser
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Unpd Domestic Duties
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Passenger Lists

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There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Mcgahan. For the veterans among your Mcgahan ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Mcgahan lifespan?

Between 1954 and 2004, in the United States, Mcgahan life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 1991. The average life expectancy for Mcgahan in 1954 was 55, and 76 in 2004.

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