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Where did the Irish McArdle family come from? What is the Irish McArdle family crest and coat of arms? When did the McArdle family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the McArdle family history?

The name McArdle originally appeared in Gaelic as Mac Ardghail, which is derived from the word "ardghal," which means "high valor."

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In the days before Gaelic or English gained any significant semblance of standardization, the scribes who created documents simply recorded names as they sounded. Consequently, in the Middle Ages many people were recorded under different spellings each time their name was written down. Research into the McArdle family history revealed numerous spelling variations of the name, including MacArdle, MacCardle, MacCardell, McArdle and others.

First found in County Louth (Irish: Lú) the smallest county in Ireland, located on the East coast, in the Province of Leinster, where they held a family seat from ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McArdle research. Another 149 words(11 lines of text) covering the years 1729, 1765, 1700 and 1725 are included under the topic Early McArdle History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 29 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McArdle Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Ireland, as an English-controlled colony in the 19th century, suffered the loss of hundreds of thousands of its native people. The system of land ownership often did not sufficiently provide for the tenants who farmed the land. This was most clearly evidenced in the Great Potato Famine of the 1840s. Previous years of great demand for grain products and livestock had run the land down. Many landowners foreseeing an upcoming crisis often removed families from the land or forced them to rely on pitifully small plots where only a subsistence living could be made. When the famines of 1845, 46, and 48 hit, many had nothing. Disease and starvation became widespread and families boarded ships for elsewhere any way they could. Those who went to America were instrumental in developing the industrial power known today: many Irish were employed in hard labor positions in factories and in building the bridges, canals, roads, and railways necessary for a strong industrial nation. Research of early immigration and passenger lists has shown that many bearers of the name McArdle:

McArdle Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • John McArdle, aged 30, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Mary Anne McArdle, who landed in New York, NY in 1816
  • Owen McArdle, who landed in New York, NY in 1816
  • Anne McArdle, who landed in New York, NY in 1816
  • Peter McArdle, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816


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  • Andrea McArdle (b. 1963), American singer and actress
  • Megan McArdle (b. 1973), American blogger and journalist
  • James Nivison McArdle (1899-1960), American illustrator and cartoonist, best known for his Davy Crockett comic strip (1957-1960) which appeared in many newspapers across the nation
  • Aidan McArdle, Irish actor
  • Aidan McArdle (b. 1970), Irish actor
  • Fiachra McArdle (b. 1983), professional footballer in the League of Ireland
  • Cormac McArdle (b. 1982), Irish soccer player
  • Peter Joseph McArdle (1929-1985), Irish long-distance runner
  • Rory McArdle (b. 1987), English professional footballer
  • James McArdle, British actor from Glasgow

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  10. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
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The McArdle Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McArdle 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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