Hally History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

While many Irish names are quite familiar to us, their original Gaelic forms are often forgotten and mysterious. The original Gaelic form of the name Hally is O hEalaighthe, which is derived from the word "ealadhach," which means "ingenious." Another Gaelic form of the surname is O hEilidhe, which is derived from the word "eilidhe," which means "claimant."

Early Origins of the Hally family

The surname Hally was first found in County Sligo (Irish: Sligeach), in the province of Connacht in Northwestern Ireland, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the Hally family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hally research. Another 161 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1309, 1800, 1724, 1794, 1656, 1741, 1579, 1701, 1690 and 1695 are included under the topic Early Hally History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hally Spelling Variations

The scribes and church officials of the Middle Ages who recorded names in official documents spelled the names as they sounded. This led to the problem of one name being recorded under several different variations and thus resembling more than one person. Among the many spelling variations of the surname Hally that are preserved in archival documents of this era include Haly, Haley, Haily, Hely, Healy, Healey, O'Healey, O'Haly and many more.

Early Notables of the Hally family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name at this time was Edmond (Edmund) Halley, FRS (1656-1741), an English astronomer, geophysicist, mathematician, meteorologist, and physicist who is best known for computing the orbit of the eponymous Halley's Comet. He was born in Haggerston, in east London, but his family came from Derbyshire. Patrick O'Healy, was a Franciscan Bishop of Mayo...
Another 56 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hally Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Hally migration to the United States +

Irish emigration to North America began modestly in the late 18th century. At this time, Irish families made the journey to British North America and the United States by choice and after careful consideration: they were primarily in search of a suitably large stretch of land to call their own. This pattern would change most dramatically during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. For example, the years 1825-1845 saw approximately 450,000 heading to British North America and 400,000 to the United States, but in 1847, at the height of the famine, it is estimated that more than 104,000 Irish immigrants went to British North America and more than 119,000 to the United States. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has revealed many early immigrants bearing the name Hally:

Hally Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Jerome Hally, who landed in Maryland in 1633 [1]
  • Jos Hally, who landed in Virginia in 1636 [1]
  • Joseph Hally, who arrived in Virginia in 1637 [1]
  • Marg Hally, who landed in Virginia in 1657 [1]
Hally Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Hally, who arrived in Virginia in 1717 [1]
Hally Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Charles Hally, who landed in Maine in 1840 [1]

Australia Hally migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Hally Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Richard Hally, aged 27, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Harry Lorrequer" [2]
  • Richard Hally, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Harry Lorrequer" in 1849 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Hally (post 1700) +

  • Janice Hally (b. 1959), Scottish playwright and television screenwriter
  • Hally B. Clements, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Texas, 2000 [3]


  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) HARRY LORREQUER 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849HarryLorrequer.htm
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 20) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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