The name MacArthill originally appeared in Gaelic as Mac Ardghail, which is derived from the word "ardghal," which means "high valor."
Early Origins of the MacArthill family
The surname MacArthill was first found in County Louth
(Irish: Lú) the smallest county in Ireland
, located on the East coast, in the Province of Leinster
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the MacArthill family
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MacArthill Spelling Variations
Irish names were rarely spelled with much consistency during the Middle Ages. As the many spelling variations
of the name MacArthill dating from that time attests: MacArdle, MacCardle, MacCardell, McArdle and others.
Early Notables of the MacArthill family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the MacArthill family to the New World and Oceana
The 19th century brought a massive reduction in Ireland's population. It seemed that during the Great Potato Famine
of the late 1840s the Irish people had two options: starve or immigrate. Those that chose the later frequently headed for the United States, hopeful for land, work, and equality. Those determined for free land joined the migration west; while others stayed behind to live in urban centers and often work in factories. Still others began a transitory life in work camps, building the bridges, canals, railways, and highways so critical to the rapidly development of the growing industrial nation. Early passenger and immigration lists have shown many early immigrants bearing the name MacArthill: Arthur, Denis, Duncan, Francis, Hugh, James, Michael, Owen, Patrick, Phillip and Thomas MacArdle, who all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860..