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Irish names tend to vary widely in their spelling and overall form. The original Gaelic form of the name MacGonagle is Mag Congail, which means son of the most valorous one.

MacGonagle Early Origins



The surname MacGonagle was first found in County Donegal (Irish: Dún na nGall), northwest Ireland in the province of Ulster, sometimes referred to as County Tyrconnel, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

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MacGonagle Spelling Variations


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MacGonagle 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 MacGonagle family name revealed numerous spelling variations, including MacGonigle, MacGonagle, Magonagle, Magonigele and many more.

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MacGonagle Early History


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MacGonagle Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacGonagle research. Another 217 words (16 lines of text) are included under the topic Early MacGonagle History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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MacGonagle Early Notables (pre 1700)


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MacGonagle Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early MacGonagle Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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 MacGonagle family in North America:

MacGonagle Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Edward, James, Patrick, MacGonagle all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860

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Contemporary Notables of the name MacGonagle (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name MacGonagle (post 1700)



  • Elizabeth MacGonagle, American Associate Professor of African History at the University of Kansas
  • Steven MacGonagle, Parliamentary Commissioner

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

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    4. Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
    5. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    6. Vicars, Sir Arthur. Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    7. Fitzgerald, Thomas W. Ireland and Her People A Library of Irish Biography 5 Volumes. Chicago: Fitzgerald. Print.
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    9. Harris, Ruth-Ann and B. Emer O'Keefe. The Search for Missing Friends Irish Immigrant Advertisements Placed in the Boston Pilot Volume II 1851-1853. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1991. Print.
    10. MacLysaght, Edward. Mores Irish Familes. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0).
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    The MacGonagle Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The MacGonagle Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 26 November 2013 at 07:14.

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