MacGyle History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The Gaelic name used by the MacGyle family in ancient Ireland was Mac Ciele, which is derived from the word ciele, which means companion.
Early Origins of the MacGyle family
The surname MacGyle was first found in County Mayo (Irish: Maigh Eo) located on the West coast of the Republic of Ireland in the province of Connacht, from before the 12th century.
Early History of the MacGyle family
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MacGyle Spelling Variations
Scribes and church officials, lacking today's standardized spelling rules, recorded names by how they were pronounced. This imprecise guide often led to the misleading result of one person's name being recorded under several different spellings. Numerous spelling variations of the surname MacGyle are preserved in documents of the family history. The various spellings of the name that were found include MacHale, McHale, MacHail, McHail, McCale, MacCale and others.
Early Notables of the MacGyle family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the MacGyle family
A massive wave of Irish immigrants hit North America during the 19th century. Although many early Irish immigrants made a carefully planned decision to leave left Ireland for the promise of free land, by the 1840s immigrants were fleeing a famine stricken land in desperation. The condition of Ireland during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s can be attributed to a rapidly expanding population and English imperial policies. Those Irish families that arrived in North America were essential to its rapid social, industrial, and economic development. Passenger and immigration lists have revealed a number of early Irish immigrants bearing the name MacGyle: Anthony, James, John, Martin, Patrick, Peter and Richard MacHale all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860.
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