MacAuley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Many variations of the name MacAuley have evolved since the time of its initial creation. In Gaelic it appeared as Mac Amhalghaidh or Mac Amhlaoibh. The former name denotes a son of Auley, while the later denotes a son of Auliffe or a son of Humphrey. They claim descent through the Heremon line of Irish kings. [1]

Early Origins of the MacAuley family

The surname MacAuley was first found in county Westmeath (Irish: An Iarmhí) in the Irish Midlands, province of Leinster, where at one time the area which is now Ballyloughnoe was once called "McGawley's Country." There is another sept named Mac Amhlaoibh in Gaelic which were a branch of the MacGuires and mainly found in County Fermanagh. This branch gave their name to Clanawley. [2]

Early History of the MacAuley family

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MacAuley Spelling Variations

Those scribes in Ireland during the Middle Ages recorded names as they sounded. Consequently, in this era many people were recorded under different spellings each time their name was written down. Research on the MacAuley family name revealed numerous spelling variations, including MacAulay, MacAwley, MacAuley, MacAullay, MacAulley, MacAwlay, MacCaulay, MacCawley, MacGawley, Magawley, Cauley, Caulay, McCamley and many more.

Early Notables of the MacAuley family (pre 1700)

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United States MacAuley migration to the United States +

During the 19th century thousands of impoverished Irish families made the long journey to British North America and the United States. These people were leaving a land that had become beset with poverty, lack of opportunity, and hunger. In North America, they hoped to find land, work, and political and religious freedoms. Although the majority of the immigrants that survived the long sea passage did make these discoveries, it was not without much perseverance and hard work: by the mid-19th century land suitable for agriculture was short supply, especially in British North America, in the east; the work available was generally low paying and physically taxing construction or factory work; and the English stereotypes concerning the Irish, although less frequent and vehement, were, nevertheless, present in the land of freedom, liberty, and equality for all men. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. Research into passenger and immigration lists has brought forth evidence of the early members of the MacAuley family in North America:

MacAuley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Isaac Macauley, who arrived in America in 1806 [3]
  • James MacAuley, who landed in New York, NY in 1816 [3]
  • M C Macauley, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [3]
  • Alexander, George, Henry, James, John, William MacAuley all, who arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860
  • William Macauley, who arrived in Alaska in 1891 [3]

Australia MacAuley migration to Australia +

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

MacAuley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Macauley, aged 22, a farm labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Melbourne"

New Zealand MacAuley migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

MacAuley Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Macauley, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Robert Henderson" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 3rd September 1860 [4]
  • James Macauley, aged 34, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Steinwarder" in 1864
  • Anna Macauley, aged 25, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Steinwarder" in 1864
  • B. A. Macauley, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Excelsior" in 1871

Contemporary Notables of the name MacAuley (post 1700) +

  • James Alvan Macauley (1872-1952), American president of Packard Motor Company from 1916 until 1939
  • Charles Cameron Macauley (1923-2007), American was a photographer, recipient of the American Indian Film Festival Blue Ribbon Award
  • Charles Edward "Ed" Macauley (b. 1928), American retired professional NBA basketball player
  • John C. Macauley, American politician, Representative from New York 8th District, 1888 [5]
  • James A. Macauley, American Republican politician, West Virginia State Treasurer, 1869-71 [5]
  • Herbert E. Macauley, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Rhode Island, 1944 [5]
  • George K. Macauley, American politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from New Britain, 1912 [5]
  • Frances I. Macauley, American politician, Representative from Pennsylvania 2nd District, 1922 [5]
  • Duncan Macauley, American politician, U.S. Consul in Manchester, 1859-61 [5]
  • Donald M. Macauley, American Republican politician, Candidate for Mayor of Springfield, Massachusetts, 1939 [5]
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ O'Hart, John, Irish Pedigrees 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4)
  2. ^ MacLysaght, Edward, Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7)
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 12) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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