Irish names tend to vary widely in their spelling and overall form. The original Gaelic form of the name MacGonigle is Mag Congail, which means son of the most valorous one.
Early Origins of the MacGonigle family
The surname MacGonigle 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 MacGonigle family
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MacGonigle Spelling Variations
Before widespread literacy came to Ireland
, a name was often recorded under several different variations during the life of its bearer. Accordingly, numerous spelling variations
were revealed in the search for the origin of the name MacGonigle family name. Variations found include MacGonigle, MacGonagle, Magonagle, Magonigele and many more.
Early Notables of the MacGonigle family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the MacGonigle family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of Irish families
left for North American shores in the 19th century. These people were searching for a life unencumbered with poverty, hunger, and racial discrimination. Many arrived to eventually find such conditions, but many others simply did not arrive: victims of the diseased, overcrowded ships in which they traveled to the New World. Those who lived to see North American shores were instrumental in the development of the growing nations of Canada and the United States. A thorough examination of passenger and immigration lists has disclosed evidence of many early immigrants of the name MacGonigle:
MacGonigle Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Charles, Edward, James, John, Michael, Patrick, Samuel, and William MacGonigle all, who arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860
Contemporary Notables of the name MacGonigle (post 1700)
- John MacGonigle, American politician, Mayor of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 1877-84 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 15) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html