The original Gaelic form of MacCahill was Mac Cathail or O Cathail, while is derived from the personal name
Cathal, which is generally Anglicized as Charles. MacCahill is derived from the Old Irish "catu-ualos" which means "valor or powerful in battle".
Early Origins of the MacCahill family
The surname MacCahill was first found in County Kerry
as there are at least two distinct septs of the name. The first sept from County Kerry
descend from the Heremon
line of kings and were known as the Cahills of Connaught
. The second sept claim descent from the Ir line of kings and were located at Corkashinny, or the parish of Templemore, Tipperary
. This line further branched to the eponymous Ballycahill, Tipperary. Both branches descended from O'Connors, the Kings of Connacht
, specifically "Cathal," also known as Conor na Luinge Luaithe, when anglicized means "Conor, the Swifter-Sailing Ship" CITATION[CLOSE]
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which may elude to the seafaring coat of arms used by the family.
Early History of the MacCahill family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacCahill research.Another 275 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1654, 1796 and 1864 are included under the topic Early MacCahill History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
MacCahill Spelling Variations
The recording of names in Ireland
in the Middle Ages was an inconsistent endeavor at best. The many regional dialects and the predominate illiteracy would have made common surnames appear unrelated to the scribes of the period. Research into the name MacCahill revealed spelling variations
, including Cahill, O'Cahill, Kahill, Cawhill, Cahille, Cahil, Cahaly, Cahell, Cahel, Caughell, Kahil, Kahel, Caill, Cail and many more.
Early Notables of the MacCahill family (pre 1700)
Notable among the family name at this time was Flan O'Cahill, martyred in 938; Daniel O'Cahill, brother of Bogh O'Cahill, chief of the Clan
, forfeited under the... Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early MacCahill Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the MacCahill family to the New World and Oceana
In the late 18th century, Irish families
began emigrating to North America in the search of a plot of land to call their own. This pattern of emigration grew steadily until the 1840s when the Great Potato Famine
of the 1840s cause thousands of Irish to flee the death and disease that accompanied the disaster. Those that made it alive to the shores of the United States and British North America (later to become Canada) were, however, instrumental in the development of those two powerful nations. Many of these Irish immigrants proudly bore the name of MacCahill: Elizabeth Cahill, a bonded passenger, who arrived in America in 1735; Thomas Cahill, an "enforced emigrant" sent to America from Ireland
The MacCahill Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: In Domino confido
Motto Translation: I trust in the Lord.