Show ContentsGallaghe History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the Gallaghe family

The surname Gallaghe 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.

The Sept's chiefs were the traditional Marshals in the O'Donnells' military forces from the 14th to 16th centuries. The main branch of the family was based at Ballybeit and Ballynaglack.

Early History of the Gallaghe family

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Gallaghe Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Gallagher, Gallacher, Gallaugher, Gallaughor, Gallager and many more.

Early Notables of the Gallaghe family

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 appointed Bishop of Killala by Pope Paul III in...
  • James Gallagher (d. 1751), the Irish bishop, was a member of the Ulster sept of O'Galchobhair, anglicized Gallagher. He entered the priesthood of the Roman catholic church, and was, at Drogheda, in No...

Migration of the Gallaghe family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Charles, David, Francis, James, John, Michael, and Thomas Galagher who arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1865. on Facebook