Gallaugher History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the Gallaugher family

The surname Gallaugher 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 Gallaugher family

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

Gallaugher Spelling Variations

Irish names were rarely spelled consistently in the Middle Ages. Spelling variations of the name Gallaugher dating from that time include Gallagher, Gallacher, Gallaugher, Gallaughor, Gallager and many more.

Early Notables of the Gallaugher 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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Gallaugher migration to the United States

A massive amount of Ireland's native population left the island in the 19th century for North America and Australia in hopes of finding more opportunities and an escape from discrimination and oppression. A great portion of these migrants arrived on the eastern shores of the North American continent. Although they were generally poor and destitute, and, therefore, again discriminated against, these Irish people were heartily welcomed for the hard labor involved in the construction of railroads, canals, roadways, and buildings. Many others were put to work in the newly established factories or agricultural projects that were so essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest nations in the world. The Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s initiated the largest wave of Iris immigration. Early North American immigration and passenger lists have revealed a number of people bearing the name Gallaugher or a variant listed above:

Gallaugher Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Fardy Gallaugher, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746 [1]
Gallaugher Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Hugh Gallaugher, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1811 [1]
  • Mary Gallaugher, who landed in Philadelphia Pennsylvania in 1811 [1]
  • Mich Gallaugher, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1811 [1]
  • Palk Gallaugher, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1811 [1]
  • Patk Gallaugher, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1811 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Gallaugher migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gallaugher Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Gallaugher, aged 35, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Highlander" in 1834
  • Ellen Gallaugher, aged 35, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Highlander" in 1834
  • Margaret Gallaugher, aged 6, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Highlander" in 1834
  • James Gallaugher, aged 9, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Highlander" in 1834
  • Thomas Gallaugher, aged 8, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Highlander" in 1834
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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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)
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