Gallaghue History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the Gallaghue family

The surname Gallaghue 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 Gallaghue family

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

Gallaghue Spelling Variations

Just like the English language, the Gaelic language of Ireland was not standardized in the Middle Ages. Therefore, one's name was often recorded under several different spellings during the life of its bearer. Spelling variations revealed in the search for the origins of the Gallaghue family name include Gallagher, Gallacher, Gallaugher, Gallaughor, Gallager and many more.

Early Notables of the Gallaghue 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 Gallaghue family

Death and immigration greatly reduced Ireland's population in the 19th century. For the native Irish people poverty, hunger, and racial prejudice was common. Therefore, thousands left their homeland to seek opportunity in North America. Those who survived the journey and the quarantine camps to which they arrived, were instrumental towards building the strong developing nations of the United States and the future Canada. By far, the largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. These were employed as construction or factory workers. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has shown early immigrants bearing the name Gallaghue: Charles, David, Francis, James, John, Michael, and Thomas Galagher who arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1865.

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