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The surname Malley originally appeared in Gaelic as "O Maille."

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The surname Malley was first found in County Mayo (Irish: Maigh Eo) located on the West coast of the Republic of Ireland in the province of Connacht, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

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 Malley family name revealed numerous spelling variations, including Malley, Mallay, Mally, O'Mally, Mailley, O'Malley, O'Mailey, Mailey, Maley, Mealey, Mealley, Meally and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Malley research. Another 361 words (26 lines of text) covering the years 1503, 1603, 1760, 1843, and 1854 are included under the topic Early Malley History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 44 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Malley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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A massive amount of Ireland's native population left the island in the 19th century for North America and Australia in hopes of finding more opportunities and an escape from discrimination and oppression. A great portion of these migrants arrived on the eastern shores of the North American continent. Although they were generally poor and destitute, and, therefore, again discriminated against, these Irish people were heartily welcomed for the hard labor involved in the construction of railroads, canals, roadways, and buildings. Many others were put to work in the newly established factories or agricultural projects that were so essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest nations in the world. The Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s initiated the largest wave of Iris immigration. Early North American immigration and passenger lists have revealed a number of people bearing the name Malley or a variant listed above:

Malley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Matt Malley, who arrived in Maryland in 1678

Malley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • James Malley, who landed in New York in 1834
  • Martin Malley, who landed in Ohio in 1853
  • C Malley, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1855
  • Michael, William, Anthony, Hugh, John, Patrick, and Thomas Malley, who all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860
  • John Malley, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1862


Malley Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Patrick Malley, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1843

Malley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • John Malley, aged 40, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Emily"
  • John Malley arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Emily" in 1849
  • Henry Malley arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hibernia" in 1851
  • Mary Malley, aged 20, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Sea Park"

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  • John F. Malley, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1912
  • James F. Malley, American politician, Delegate to New Hampshire State Constitutional Convention from Somersworth 5th Ward, 1948; Delegate to New Hampshire State Constitutional Convention from Somersworth 5th Ward, 1956
  • James E. Malley, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1928
  • J. R. Malley, American politician, Socialist Labor Candidate for Governor of Ohio, 1910
  • Charles W. Malley, American politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Waterbury, 1920
  • Matt Malley, American singer/musician
  • Cecil Malley, Aural Surgeon


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