Challacher History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the Challacher family

The surname Challacher 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.

Important Dates for the Challacher family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Challacher research. Another 55 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1545 and 1547 are included under the topic Early Challacher History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Challacher Spelling Variations

Before widespread literacy came to Ireland, a name was often recorded under several different variations during the life of its bearer. Accordingly, numerous spelling variations were revealed in the search for the origin of the name Challacher family name. Variations found include Gallagher, Gallacher, Gallaugher, Gallaughor, Gallager and many more.

Early Notables of the Challacher family (pre 1700)

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 Challacher Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Challacher family

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 Challacher: Charles, David, Francis, James, John, Michael, and Thomas Galagher who arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1865.

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