My mother's maiden name is McGookin, which I understand is an alternative spelling of McGuckin.
I was always told that the name came from the Monaghan/Armagh border area.
I was also told that another alternative spelling is McGuigan (as in Barry McGuigan the famous Irish boxer who came from Clones in Monaghan).
I believe my family moved from this area at the turn of the century to work in Belfast.
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