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MacGonagle History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the MacGonagle family

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.

Early History of the MacGonagle family

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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.

Early Notables of the MacGonagle family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the MacGonagle family to the New World and Oceana

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, who arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860

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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