The original Gaelic form of MacAnelly was Mac an Fhailghigh, which is derived from the word failgheach, which means poor man.
from ancient times.
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The Middle Ages saw a great number of spelling variations
for surnames common to the Irish landscape. One reason for these variations is the fact that surnames were not rigidly fixed by this period. The following variations for the name MacAnelly were encountered in the archives: McNally, McAnully, McAnalley, McAnally and others.