Ganly History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The ancient Dalriadan clans of Scotland spawned the name Ganly. It is derived from the personal name Finlay. The Gaelic form of the surname is Mac Fionnlaigh, which means son of Finlay. Thus, Ganly is a cognate of the surname Finlayson.
Early Origins of the Ganly family
The surname Ganly was first found in Perthshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Pheairt) former county in the present day Council Area of Perth and Kinross, located in central Scotland, where the surname is still commonly found around Glenlyon and Balquhidder. The earliest known record of the name is from 1493, when Gillaspyk M'Kynlay witnessed legal proceedings involving Archibald, Earl of Argyll.
Early History of the Ganly family
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Ganly Spelling Variations
In the Middle Ages, the translation between Gaelic and English was not a highly developed process. Spelling was not yet standardized, and so, an enormous number of spelling variations appear in records of early Scottish names. Ganly has appeared as MacKinley, MacKinlay, MacKindlay, MacKinly, MacKindley and many more.
Early Notables of the Ganly family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ganly family to Ireland
Some of the Ganly family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 78 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Ganly migration to the United States +
Many settled along the east coast of what would become the United States and Canada. As the American War of Independence broke out, those who remained loyal to the crown went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these hardy Dalriadan-Scottish settlers began to recover their collective history in the 20th century with the advent of the vibrant culture fostered by highland games and Clan societies in North America. Highland games, clan societies, and other organizations generated much renewed interest in Scottish heritage in the 20th century. The Ganly were among the earliest of the Scottish settlers as immigration passenger lists have shown:
Ganly Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- John Ganly, who landed in Maryland in 1665 
Ganly Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Thomas Ganly, who landed in New York, NY in 1816 
- William Ganly, aged 25, who landed in New York in 1849 
- Ann Ganly, aged 22, who arrived in New York in 1849 
Contemporary Notables of the name Ganly (post 1700) +
- James Vincent Ganly (1878-1923), American Democrat politician, Member of New York State Assembly from New York County 24th District, 1907; Bronx County Clerk, 1914-17 
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The Ganly Motto +
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto Translation: I love.
- ^ 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)
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html