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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."
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.
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.
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.
Another 103 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gallagher 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 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
- Edwd 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
Gallagher Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Patrick Gallagher, aged 21, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Madawaska" in 1833
- Ezekiel Gallagher, aged 20, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Madawaska" in 1833
- John Gallagher, aged 26, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Madawaska" in 1833
- John Gallagher, aged 30, a farmer, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Billow" in 1833
- John Gallagher, aged 23, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Bartley" in 1833
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"
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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- The Seeds of the Planter: Our Family Story from 1635 to 1975 by Geraldine D. Gallagher.
- Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
- Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
- Johnson, Daniel F. Irish Emigration to New England Through the Port of Saint John, New Brunswick Canada 1841-1849. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield, 1996. Print.
- 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).
- Hickey, D.J. and J.E. Doherty. A New Dictionary of Irish History form 1800 2nd Edition. Dublin: Gil & MacMillian, 2003. Print.
- Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
- Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
- Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
- Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of Ireland. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1969. Print.
- Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
The Gallagher Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gallagher 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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