Ireland was Mac Ciele, which is derived from the word ciele, which means companion.
Early Origins of the MacHale family
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 MacHale family
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MacHale Spelling Variations
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 MacHale revealed spelling variations, including MacHale, McHale, MacHail, McHail, McCale, MacCale and others.
Early Notables of the MacHale family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the MacHale family to the New World and Oceana
Irish families began to immigrate to British North America and the United States in the 18th century, but the greatest influx of Irish immigrants came during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. The earlier settlers came to North America after a great deal of consideration and by paying relatively high fees for their passage. These settlers were primarily drawn by the promise of land. Those later settlers that came during the 1840's were trying to escape the conditions of poverty, starvation, disease, and death that had stricken Ireland. Due to the enormity of their numbers and the late date of their arrival, these immigrants primarily became hired laborers instead of homesteading settlers like their predecessors. An exhaustive search of immigration and passenger lists has revealed many Irish immigrants North America bearing the name MacHale:
MacHale Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name MacHale (post 1700)
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