MacKal History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The Gaelic name used by the MacKal family in ancient Ireland was Mac Ciele, which is derived from the word ciele, which means companion.
Early Origins of the MacKal family
The surname MacKal 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.
Important Dates for the MacKal family
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MacKal Spelling Variations
Individual scribes in the Ireland during the Middle Ages would often record a person's name various ways. How the name was recorded depended on what that particular scribe believed the proper spelling for the name pronounced to him was. Spelling variations revealed in the search for the origin of the MacKal family name include MacHale, McHale, MacHail, McHail, McCale, MacCale and others.
Early Notables of the MacKal family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the MacKal family
In the late 18th century, Irish families began emigrating to North America in the search of a plot of land to call their own. This pattern of emigration grew steadily until the 1840s when the Great Potato Famine of the 1840s cause thousands of Irish to flee the death and disease that accompanied the disaster. Those that made it alive to the shores of the United States and British North America (later to become Canada) were, however, instrumental in the development of those two powerful nations. Many of these Irish immigrants proudly bore the name of MacKal: Anthony, James, John, Martin, Patrick, Peter and Richard MacHale all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860.