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The Irish name Gallagher has a long Gaelic heritage to its credit. The original Gaelic form of the name Gallagher is O Gallchobhair, derived from the word "gallchobhar," which means "foreign help."

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The surname Gallagher was first found in County Donegal (Irish: Dún na nGall), northwest Ireland in the province of Ulster, sometimes referred to as County Tyrconnel, but claim descent from a warrior named "Gallchobhar" and held lands in the baronies of Raphoe and Tir Hugh. They held a castle at Ballyshannon and at one time also held the castle of Lifford.

Those scribes in Ireland during the Middle Ages recorded names as they sounded. Consequently, in this era many people were recorded under different spellings each time their name was written down. Research on the Gallagher family name revealed numerous spelling variations, including Gallagher, Gallacher, Gallaugher, Gallaughor, Gallager and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gallagher research. Another 109 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1545 and 1547 are included under the topic Early Gallagher History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Notable among the family name at this time was Bishop Redmund O'Gallagher, The Diocese of Killala, who was imprisoned and banished from the diocese on fraudulent charges; Redmond O'Gallagher, who was...

Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gallagher Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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 Gallagher:

Gallagher Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Philip Gallagher, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1776

Gallagher Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Simon Felix Gallagher, aged 45, landed in New York, NY in 1803
  • Edward Gallagher, who landed in America in 1805
  • Hugh Gallagher, who arrived in America in 1805
  • Owen Gallagher, who arrived in America in 1805
  • Michael Gallagher, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1808
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Gallagher Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • James Gallagher, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1829
  • Patt Gallagher, aged 22, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833
  • Patrick Gallagher, aged 21, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Madawaska" in 1833
  • Ezekiel Gallagher, aged 20, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Madawaska" in 1833
  • John Gallagher, aged 26, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Madawaska" in 1833
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Gallagher Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • George Gallagher, aged 20, a farm labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Ascendant"
  • George Gallagher, aged 20, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "The Ascendant" in 1851
  • Anne Gallagher, aged 22, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Grand Trianon"
  • Martin Gallagher, aged 28, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Sea Park"
  • Charles Gallagher, aged 26, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Admiral Boxer"
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Gallagher Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Patrick Gallagher arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mermaid" in 1860
  • Margaret Gallagher, aged 19, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jessie Readman" in 1872
  • Ellen Gallagher, aged 56, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Celaeno" in 1872
  • Mary Gallagher, aged 20, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Celaeno" in 1872
  • Charles Gallagher, aged 18, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Celaeno" in 1872
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  • Major-General Philip Edward Gallagher (1897-1976), American Commanding General Fort Gordon, Georgia (1956-1957)
  • Kathleen Gallagher, American co-winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting
  • Thomas Gallagher (1850-1930), U.S. Representative from Illinois
  • David Gallagher (b. 1985), American film and television actor
  • Kim Ann Gallagher (1964-2002), American Olympic track & field athlete
  • Helen Gallagher (b. 1926), American actress
  • Pat Gallagher (b. 1963), former Irish Labour Party politician
  • Denis Gallagher (1922-2001), senior Irish Fianna Fáil politician
  • Rory Gallagher (1948-1995), Irish blues/rock guitarist
  • Thomas Gerard Gallagher (b. 1954), British professor
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Gallagher Historic Events



Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. William Gallagher, British Deck Boy from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914
  • Mr. Cedric Aubrey Gallagher (1895-1914), Canadian First Class Passenger from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada who survived the sinking on the Empress of Ireland on May 29th 1914
  • Mrs. Charlotte Gallagher (1868-1914), née Wools Canadian First Class Passenger from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. O'Dowd Gallagher, British War Correspondent, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking

Pan Am Flight 103 (Lockerbie)

  • Amy Beth Gallagher (1966-1988), Canadian Student from Pointe Claire, Quebec, Canada, who flew aboard the Pan Am Flight 103 from Frankfurt to Detroit, known as the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and died

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. George Gallagher, English Fireman from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. Martin Gallagher (d. 1912), aged 29, Irish Third Class passenger from Caltra, Galway who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
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  • The Seeds of the Planter: Our Family Story from 1635 to 1975 by Geraldine D. Gallagher.
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Citations



    Other References

    1. Tepper, Michael Ed & Elizabeth P. Bentley Transcriber. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Philadelphia 1800-1819. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1986. Print.
    2. Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
    3. O'Hart, John. Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4).
    4. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    6. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    7. Harris, Ruth-Ann and B. Emer O'Keefe. The Search for Missing Friends Irish Immigrant Advertisements Placed in the Boston Pilot Volume II 1851-1853. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1991. Print.
    8. Fitzgerald, Thomas W. Ireland and Her People A Library of Irish Biography 5 Volumes. Chicago: Fitzgerald. Print.
    9. Read, Charles Anderson. The Cabinet of Irish Literature Selections from the Works of the Chief Poets, Orators and Prose Writers of Ireland 4 Volumes. London: Blackie and Son, 1884. Print.
    10. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
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