Show ContentsLolley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The original Gaelic form of Lolley was "O Maolalaidh," which may be derived from "aladh," which means "speckled."

Early Origins of the Lolley family

The surname Lolley was first found in Connacht (Irish: Connachta, (land of the) descendants of Conn), where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the Lolley family

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Lolley Spelling Variations

Names from the Middle Ages demonstrate many spelling variations. This is because the recording scribe or church official often decided as to how a person's name was spelt and in what language. Research into the name Lolley revealed many variations, including Lally, Lalley, Mulally, O'Mulally, O'Lally and others.

Early Notables of the Lolley family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name at this time was William O'Mullaly, Dean of Tuam (1558-1572) and Archbishop of Tuam (1572-1595); Thomas Arthur Lally, Count Lally, Commander in Chief...
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Lolley Ranking

In the United States, the name Lolley is the 17,679th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

United States Lolley migration to the United States +

To escape the religious and political discrimination they experienced primarily at the hands of the English, thousands of Irish left their homeland in the 19th century. These migrants typically settled in communities throughout the East Coast of North America, but also joined the wagon trains moving out to the Midwest. Ironically, when the American War of Independence began, many Irish settlers took the side of England, and at the war's conclusion moved north to Canada. These United Empire Loyalists, were granted land along the St. Lawrence River and the Niagara Peninsula. Other Irish immigrants settled in Newfoundland, the Ottawa Valley, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. The greatest influx of Irish immigrants, however, came to North America during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Thousands left Ireland at this time for North America and Australia. Many of those numbers, however, did not live through the long sea passage. These Irish settlers to North America were immediately put to work building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. Irish settlers made an inestimable contribution to the building of the New World. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Irish name Lolley or a variant listed above, including:

Lolley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Lolley, aged 21, who arrived in Maryland in 1684 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Lolley (post 1700) +

  • John Larry Lolley (1945-2018), American jurist from Monroe, Louisiana; he served on the Louisiana Circuit Courts of Appeals from 2003 until his retirement in 2017
  • Phillip Lolley (b. 1954), former American college football assistant coach, current administrator at Auburn University
  • W. Ray Lolley, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Alabama, 1964 [3]

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  2. 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)
  3. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 19) . Retrieved from on Facebook