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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. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
O'Hart, John, Irish Pedigrees 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4)


Alley Early Origins



The surname Alley was first found in county Westmeath (Irish: An Iarmhí) in the Irish Midlands, province of Leinster, 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. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
MacLysaght, Edward, Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7)

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Alley Spelling Variations


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Alley Spelling Variations



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.

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Alley Early History


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Alley Early History



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 and printed products wherever possible.

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Alley Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Alley Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 34 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Alley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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 United States in the 17th Century

  • Hugh Alley, who arrived in Lynn, Massachusetts in 1635
  • John Alley, who arrived in Lynn, Massachusetts in 1650
  • Philip Alley, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1655
  • Giles Alley, aged 42, landed in Lynn, Massachusetts in 1668
  • Marcus Alley, who landed in Maryland in 1669
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Alley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Susanna Alley, who arrived in Virginia in 1700
  • James Alley, who arrived in Virginia in 1703
  • Jean Alley, who landed in New York in 1725

Alley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Christian Alley, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1807

Alley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Henry Alley, aged 24, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Reliance"
  • Frances Alley, aged 22, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Reliance"
  • Maria Alley, aged 26, a farm servant, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Navarino"

Alley Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Charles Alley, aged 26, a brickmaker, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oliver Lang" in 1856
  • William Alley arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mary Shepherd" in 1870

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Contemporary Notables of the name Alley (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Alley (post 1700)



  • Louise Frances Koury Alley (1927-2015), American radio personality with station KWKH in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • Kirstie Louise Alley (b. 1951), American Golden Globe Award winning actress, best known for her roles in Cheers (1982), Veronica's Closet (1997) and Look Who's Talking (1989)
  • Zebulon Doyle "Zeb" Alley (1928-2013), American lawyer, lobbyist, and politician
  • Tom Alley (1889-1953), American racecar driver
  • Tom W. Alley (b. 1942), former American football player and coach
  • Lindsey Erin Alley (b. 1977), American actress and singer
  • Steven James "The Cat" Alley (b. 1953), retired American professional ice hockey player
  • Vernon Alley (1915-2004), American jazz bassist
  • Fred Alley (1962-2001), American musical theatre lyricist and librettist
  • John Bassett Alley (1817-1896), American businessman and politician
  • ... (Another 9 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name Alley


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Suggested Readings for the name Alley



  • Alley Highlights: Yesterday for Tomorrow by Virginia Miller Carey and Garnet Alley Hampton.

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ O'Hart, John, Irish Pedigrees 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4)
  2. ^ MacLysaght, Edward, Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7)

Other References

  1. Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
  2. 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).
  3. 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.
  4. Woodham-Smith, Cecil. The Great Hunger Ireland 1845-1849. New York: Old Town Books, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-385-3).
  5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  6. McDonnell, Frances. Emigrants from Ireland to America 1735-1743 A Transcription of the report of the Irish House of Commons into Enforced emigration to America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1331-5).
  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. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
  9. Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
  10. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
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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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