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This famous Irish clan surname, is recorded in many spellings including MacGinty, McGinty, MacEntee, McEntee, Genty, Ginidy, Ginty, Ginity, Ginnity, Ginnety, and others. It descends from the Gaelic Mac an tSaoi meaning the son of the scholar, early scholars of Ireland being known as the "saoi". Given that the clan were long famous for their territorial disputes with their neighbours, has lead some to suggest that the surname was a nickname, and an ironic one at that! What is certain is that for varied reasons not unconnected with song, the clan is well known world wide. The modern homeland is County Donegal, and in particular those parts which border on Counties Tyrone and Fermanagh, and without a prefix in County Mayo...

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Iris Scott

John McGinty, born 1700-1720 in Donegal, Ireland, died - 1782-84 in Mecklenburg Co, North Carolina USA. Came to US about 1742. Married Sarah Rebecca Richie or Ragsdale. Trying to find what ship he came over on and where he landed. His father may have also been a John McGinty born in Donegal, Irelandabout 1690. died possibly 1762 in Augusta, Virginia USA. Any information about these families would be appreciated.


John McGinty, my Great x4, is found in Donegal County in Pennsylvania in 1750, living in Mount Joy. His brother, Alexander McGinty, was a frontiersman and helped map the Kentucky River area. Probably they came to America about 1740? They died in Mecklenburg County, NC before 1800.


How can you reconcile Magfinachta (son of fair snow) with Mac an tSaoi? Both names allegedly represent McGinty.

donna mcginty

Donna McGinty Hi am trying to trace my ancestors from Co Donegal. I have got as far back to around 1870 +, to my great, great, grandad Daniel McGinty and his wife Bridget Delny, a farmer in Co Donegal. On of Daniels sons Neil or Neal McGinty emigrated to Scotland, he married a Julia Rodden, they settled in a small village of east calder in west lothian, scotland. I believe the family moved to Letterkenny. There are no records as they were destroyed in a fire during WW2. I would love to find my family if anyone can shed any light. also i have recently discovered other info when I done a DNA with It would appear that my family actually originated in Scotland 1600/1700 before they moved to Co Donegal, which would give me a past Scottish clan. If anyone can assist I would be most grateful. Thank you

Daniel McGinty Jr

I was in Ireland last October and was trying to see if I had any relatives still around great grandfather was from achil island I know and from around Dorreen locals said most McGiny s have second sir name no one in my family never heard of it was wondering if someone may explain it to me Thanks Dan


Hello, My mother's maiden name is McGinty and we seem to be the last of us in this particular lineage. We are trying to establish if we have any distant relatives and to find out about our family history. My mothers father was called Peter McGinty from Dublin near Broadstone. We know that most of his family prior to him were clergy men/woman however that is all we know. A longshot but the saying goes you miss every shot you don't take.


I cannot find Michael parents. Believed to be James and Ann. I believe Michael may have a brother called William born 1837 (migrated to Australia) (and a sister Elizabeth “Eliza” McGinty married Patrick John Harrington (Lived in USA) Michaelis Ginty Michael Guinty Ginty, McGinty B: 31 Aug 1833 County Clare, Ireland D: 10 June 1880, Mt Gambier South Australia Australia Married: 8th November 1850, Ennis Roman Catholic Register Mary Haire B: abt 1836 Ireland D: 19 March 1907 Millicent, South Australia, Australia They had 3 children born in Ireland Stephen Joseph McGinty B: 4 November 1851, Ennis, Clare, Ireland D: 7 December 1885, Millicent, South Australia Married Elizabeth Ryan James Patrick McGinty B: 22 March 1853, Ennis, Clare, Ireland D: 6 December 1930, Casterton Victoria, Australia Crochet The parents correspond in both entries (1850 and 1853): Michael Ginty / Guinty; Mary Haire. ( The sponsors or godparents in the 1853 baptism are given as William Guinty and Mary Mungovan. Pig Market would correspond to Market-Place, Cloghaun-street, Cloghaun-a-gour-lane and Garraun-a-killa-lane in Clonroad Beg, Drumcliff and The Mall, all in the town of Ennis. This is very much the centre of the town.) Married: Annabella McCalman Patrick McGinty (Cannot found any information) B: 14 May 1854 Corofin, Kilnaboy, Kilnaboy and Rath, Rath and Kilnaboy Irelanday Ireland D: Mary Ann McGinty B: 8 October 1865 Mt Gambier, South Australia, Australia D: 12 June 1935, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia Married James Newberry William (20) migrated to Australia on Royal Albert passenger ship with Stephen, James and Patrick. I have found this information. List of person nominated by Purchasers of Land in South Australia for passages to that Colony, we have received Embarkment orders to join the ship Royal Albert. Number of Application 605 Name of emigrants: William, Stephen, James, Patrick I cannot read the Purchaser of land but Name of depositor Michael Ginty. Does this mean Michael and Mary were already in Australia? I cannot find what ship Michael and Mary came to Australia on. Sorry it is so long.


Maginity, Ralph 1915 -1983

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