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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.

Early History of 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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Migration of the Gallagher family to the New World and Oceana


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]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)

Gallagher Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

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

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 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]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The ASCENDANT 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Ascendant.htm
  • George Gallagher, aged 20, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "The Ascendant" in 1851 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The ASCENDANT 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Ascendant.htm
  • 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 Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Patrick Gallagher, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mermaid" in 1860
  • Margaret Gallagher, aged 19, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jessie Readman" in 1872
  • Ellen Gallagher, aged 56, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Celaeno" in 1872
  • Mary Gallagher, aged 20, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Celaeno" in 1872
  • Charles Gallagher, aged 18, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Celaeno" in 1872
  • ... (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) [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, March 5) Philip Gallagher. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Gallagher/Philip_Edward/USA.html
  • 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 13 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
  • 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

Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. William Gallagher, British Deck Boy from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  • Mr. Cedric Aubrey Gallagher (1895-1914), Canadian First Class Passenger from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada who survived the sinking on the Empress of Ireland [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 16) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  • 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 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 16) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html

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 [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Antarctic Homestead, Operation Deep Freeze the New Zealand Story, Retrieved 2018 February 21st, http://antarctic.homestead.com/901.html

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. O'Dowd Gallagher, British War Correspondent, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html

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 [8]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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

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 [9]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. George Gallagher, English Fireman from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [10]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 10) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/

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 [11]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html

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

Suggested Readings for the name Gallagher


  • The Seeds of the Planter: Our Family Story from 1635 to 1975 by Geraldine D. Gallagher.

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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. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, March 5) Philip Gallagher. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Gallagher/Philip_Edward/USA.html
  4. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  5. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 16) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  6. ^ Antarctic Homestead, Operation Deep Freeze the New Zealand Story, Retrieved 2018 February 21st, http://antarctic.homestead.com/901.html
  7. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
  8. ^ 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
  9. ^ 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
  10. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 10) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  11. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html


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