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McGrath Name History

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McGrath or MacGrath derives from the Irish surname Mac Craith. The name McGrath is derived from Mac Craith, recorded in other written texts as Mag Craith, Mag Raith and Macraith, including in the Annals of the Four Masters and the Annals of Ulster. McGrath is a surname of ancient Irish origin, borne by the descendants of a number of septs, each with a common origin in the Kingdom of Thomond, a kingdom that existed before the Norman invasion and was located in north Munster.

Variant Spellings of McGrath can include Magrath, McGraw, Macrae, MacCrae, McCreagh, MacGraith, Megrath, MacReagh, MacCraw, McCreath, MacGrae, Makrayth, McKray, and many others.

Learn more about the McGrath family name

The Framed Irish Family Name History, (#1760) has more information on the McGrath surname. There is a wide selection of McGrath coat of arms products at The Irish Rose. Please visit the Irish Coat of Arms page.

McGrath Pub in Ireland

We found at least five McGrath pubs in Ireland. Visit one or all of your namesake pubs:

If you can't visit one of the McCarthy establishments in person this year, our personalized pub gifts are the next best thing!

Notable people named McGrath


  • Alister McGrath (born 1953), Anglican theologian
  • Desmond McGrath, Canadian politician and Catholic priest
  • Patrick Joseph McGrath (born 1945), Roman Catholic Bishop of San Jose, California


  • Eamon McGrath (born 1988), Canadian indie rock musician
  • Gunner McGrath (born 1978), American vocalist and guitarist
  • Mark McGrath (born 1968), U.S. rock singer


  • Campbell McGrath, U.S. poet
  • Harold MacGrath (1871-1932), U.S. novelist and screenwriter
  • Patrick McGrath (novelist) (born 1950), British novelist
  • Seán mac Ruaidhrí Mac Craith (fl. 14th century), author of Caithréim Thoirdhealbhaigh
  • Thomas McGrath (poet) (1916-1990), U.S. poet and screenwriter
  • Wendy McGrath, Canadian poet and novelist

Actors, directors and screenwriters

  • Bob McGrath, Sesame Street actor
  • Derek McGrath (born 1951), Canadian actor
  • Douglas McGrath (born 1958), American screenwriter, director and actor
  • Frank McGrath (1903-1967), U.S. actor
  • Joseph McGrath (film director) (born 1930), Scottish film director
  • Judith McGrath (born 1942), Australian actress
  • Katie McGrath (born 1983), Irish actress


  • Glenn McGrath (born 1970), Australian former cricketer
  • John McGrath (English footballer) (1938-1998), English footballer and football manager
  • Paul McGrath (footballer) (born 1959), Irish former footballer
  • Tim McGrath (born 1970), former Australian rules footballer


  • Charles McGrath (1872-1934), Australian politician
  • J. Howard McGrath (1903-1966), U.S. politician
  • James McGrath (Canadian politician) (born 1932), Canadian politician
  • Joseph McGrath (politician) (1887-1966), Irish politician
  • Patrick McGrath (Irish politician) (died 1956), Irish politician
  • Paul McGrath (politician) (born 1948), Irish politician and Fine Gael TD


  • Kevin McGrath (financier)
  • Patrick McGrath (psychologist), Canadian psychologist
  • Raymond McGrath (1903-1977), British Australian architect
  • Rory McGrath (born 1956), British comedian
  • Tom McGrath (media executive) (born 1956), U.S. media expert

Other uses

  • McGrath Foundation, an Australian breast cancer support and education charity
  • McGrath Cup, a Gaelic Football competition in Munster, Ireland
  • McGrath's Fish House, restaurant chain in the American Pacific Northwest

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