Gallagher History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

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."

Early Origins of the Gallagher family

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.

Important Dates for the Gallagher family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gallagher research. Another 55 words (4 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.

Gallagher Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Gallagher 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...
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Gallagher migration to the United States

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 [1]
Gallagher Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Simon Felix Gallagher, aged 45, who landed in New York, NY in 1803 [1]
  • Edward Gallagher, who landed in America in 1805 [1]
  • Hugh Gallagher, who arrived in America in 1805 [1]
  • Owen Gallagher, who arrived in America in 1805 [1]
  • Michael Gallagher, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1808 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Gallagher migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gallagher Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • James Gallagher, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1829
  • Patt Gallagher, aged 22, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833
  • Patrick Gallagher, aged 21, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Madawaska" in 1833
  • Ezekiel Gallagher, aged 20, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Madawaska" in 1833
  • John Gallagher, aged 26, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Madawaska" in 1833
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Gallagher migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Gallagher Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • George Gallagher, aged 20, a farm labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Ascendant" [2]
  • George Gallagher, aged 20, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "The Ascendant" in 1851 [2]
  • Anne Gallagher, aged 22, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Grand Trianon"
  • Martin Gallagher, aged 28, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Sea Park"
  • Charles Gallagher, aged 26, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Admiral Boxer"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Gallagher migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Gallagher Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Patrick Gallagher, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mermaid" in 1860
  • Mrs. Jane Gallagher, (b. 1828), aged 32, Scottish settler from Lanarkshire travelling from Bristol aboard the ship "William Miles" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 21st August 1860 [3]
  • Mr. Patrick Gallagher, (b. 1830), aged 30, Scottish farm labourer from Lanarkshire travelling from Bristol aboard the ship "William Miles" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 21st August 1860 [3]
  • Miss Mary Gallagher, (b. 1857), aged 3, Scottish settler from Lanarkshire travelling from Bristol aboard the ship "William Miles" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 21st August 1860 [3]
  • Mr. John Gallagher, (b. 1840), aged 22, Irish shoemaker, from Armagh travelling from London aboard the ship "Queen of Mersey" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, Southland, South Island, New Zealand on 20th October 1862 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Gallagher (post 1700)

  • William M. Gallagher (1923-1975), American photographer who won the 1953 Pulitzer Prize for Photography
  • Douglas Eugene "Doug" Gallagher (1940-2017), American Major League Baseball pitcher who played in nine games for the Detroit Tigers in 1962
  • Major-General Philip Edward Gallagher (1897-1976), American Commanding General Fort Gordon, Georgia (1956-1957) [4]
  • 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
  • Dermot Anthony Gallagher (1944-2017), Irish civil servant, Secretary General of the Department of Foreign Affairs
  • Pat Gallagher (b. 1963), former Irish Labour Party politician
  • ... (Another 15 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Gallagher family

Air New Zealand Flight 901
  • Mrs. Elsie Thelma Gallagher (1908-1979), New Zealander passenger, from Remuera, North Island, New Zealand aboard the Air New Zealand Flight 901 for an Antarctic sightseeing flight when it flew into Mount Erebus; she died in the crash [5]
  • Mr. Alfred James Gallagher (1906-1979), New Zealander passenger, from Remuera, North Island, New Zealand aboard the Air New Zealand Flight 901 for an Antarctic sightseeing flight when it flew into Mount Erebus; he died in the crash [5]
Empress of Ireland
  • Mr. William Gallagher, British Deck Boy from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [6]
  • Mr. Cedric Aubrey Gallagher (1895-1914), Canadian First Class Passenger from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada who survived the sinking on the Empress of Ireland [7]
  • 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 [7]
Flight TWA 800
  • Miss. Claire Aldona Gallagher (1981-1996), aged 15, from Montoursville, Pennsylvania, USA, American student from Montoursville flying aboard flight TWA 800 from J.F.K. Airport, New York to Leonardo da Vinci Airport, Rome when the plane crashed after takeoff ; she died in the crash [8]
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. O'Dowd Gallagher, British War Correspondent, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [9]
HMS Royal Oak
  • John Walter Gallagher (1912-1939), British Leading Stoker with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [10]
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 [11]
RMS Lusitania
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 [13]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. William F. Gallagher, American Chief Electrician's Mate working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he survived the sinking [14]

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Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The ASCENDANT 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Ascendant.htm
  3. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  4. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, March 5) Philip Gallagher. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Gallagher/Philip_Edward/USA.html
  5. ^ Mount Erebus, Memorial, Roll of Remembrance (Retrieved 2018, February 21st). Retrieved from http://www.erebus.co.nz/memorialandawards/rollofremembrance.aspx
  6. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  7. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 16) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  8. ^ The Washington Post Passenger List TWA Flight 800. (Retrieved 2018, February 15th). Retrieved from https://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/national/longterm/twa800/list01.htm
  9. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
  10. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
  11. ^ Pan Am Flight 103's victims: A list of those killed 25 years ago | syracuse.com. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2013/12/pan_am_flight_103s_victims_a_list_of_those_killed_25_years_ago.html
  12. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 10) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  13. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html
  14. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html
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