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Recorded in several forms including MacQuade, MacQuaid, and MacQuode, as well as the short forms commencing Mc, and sometimes without any prefix at all, as Quade and Quaid, this is a Gaelic surname of some complexity. It was probably of Scottish origins, although even then the ultimate origin is probably pre 10th century French or German. The modern spellings are developed forms of the Gaelic MacUaid, said to have been recorded in Ireland in the 14th century, although we have no definate proof. In Scotland it is recorded as MacWatt or MacQuatt, and however spelt, all names are believed to originate from the personal name Wat, itself a medieval short form of the French-German "Walter"...

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Terry-Lee McQuaid

Hi there, im looking for any information on Thomas McQuaid born in 1803 in Antrim county. He married Rachael Cole and immigrated to prince Edward county in now Ontario Canada around 1822 and had a son named Edward Thomas in 1823. Im trying to find who Thomas's parents were, as well as where the original homestead was located.


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