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Where did the Irish Alley family come from? What is the Irish Alley family crest and coat of arms? When did the Alley family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Alley family history?Many variations of the name Alley have evolved since the time of its initial creation. In Gaelic it appeared as Mac Amhalghaidh or Mac Amhlaoibh. The former name denotes a son of Auley, while the later denotes a son of Auliffe or a son of Humphrey. They claim descent through the Heremon line of Irish kings. 
Irish names were rarely spelled consistently in the Middle Ages. Spelling variations of the name Alley dating from that time include MacAulay, MacAwley, MacAuley, MacAullay, MacAulley, MacAwlay, MacCaulay, MacCawley, MacGawley, Magawley, Cauley, Caulay, McCamley and many more.
First found in county Westmeath, where at one time the area which is now Ballyloughnoe was once called "McGawley's Country." There is another sept named Mac Amhlaoibh in Gaelic which were a branch of the MacGuires and mainly found in County Fermanagh. This branch gave their name to Clanawley. 
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Alley research. Another 221 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1787 and 1841 are included under the topic Early Alley History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 34 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Alley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Thousands of Irish families left for North American shores in the 19th century. These people were searching for a life unencumbered with poverty, hunger, and racial discrimination. Many arrived to eventually find such conditions, but many others simply did not arrive: victims of the diseased, overcrowded ships in which they traveled to the New World. Those who lived to see North American shores were instrumental in the development of the growing nations of Canada and the United States. A thorough examination of passenger and immigration lists has disclosed evidence of many early immigrants of the name Alley:
Alley Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Alley Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Alley Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Alley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Alley Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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