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My paternal great-grandfather's mother was a Guckian from Ballinamore, but there's another cluster in Annaduff. As I search for the family name, the name Hackett keeps coming up. I had heard from another researcher that the names are the same. I'd love to be enlightened!

Maureen Keillor

Sunday 25th Jul 2021, 07:14PM

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  • Hi MK,

    Surnames of Ireland by Dr. Edward Maclysaght gives the following explanation for MacGuckian - Guckian and Hackett

    Guckian is found in County Leitrim - Page 139;

    Hackett: Haiceid in Gaelic. Families of this name have been in Ireland since the Anglo-Norman invasion, mainly in Counties Kilkenny and Kildare. A Branch in Connacht became completely hibernicized and was known as MacHackett and also as Guckian. In Counties Armagh and Tyrone Hackett has been used as a synonym of MacCahey - 141 Page.

    Note: Abrev.

    Regards.

    McCoy

    Sunday 25th Jul 2021, 08:42PM
  • My G granfather was Hackett from the townland of Keelagh in the the parish of Bornacoola - near Mohill  Co Leitrim. Whilst researching a Hackett lady told my sister that when the hackett's went to America they changed to Guckian. I have several trees on ancestry one of them has a lot of my Hackett family on it. Definately do DNA and we might find each other.

    Trudy

    Trudy

    Monday 9th May 2022, 02:12PM

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