MacKalle History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The Gaelic name used by the MacKalle family in ancient Ireland was Mac Ciele, which is derived from the word ciele, which means companion.
Early Origins of the MacKalle family
The surname MacKalle 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 MacKalle family
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MacKalle 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 MacKalle family name include MacHale, McHale, MacHail, McHail, McCale, MacCale and others.
Early Notables of the MacKalle family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the MacKalle family
The English-ruled Ireland of the late 18th and 19th centuries featured a rapidly increasing population and an agricultural-based economy. This combination proved to be disastrous in the 1840s after a couple of failed potato harvests. Thousands died of disease and starvation, and thousands more left the country, often bound for North America. Those that survived the journey to North America were put to work building the bridges, canals, roadways, and railways needed for the development of an industrial society. Those Irish, although often despised by those already established in North American cities and towns, played an instrumental role in making Canada and the United States the powerful and wealthy nations that they are today. An examination of early immigration and passenger lists has shown many immigrants bearing the name MacKalle: Anthony, James, John, Martin, Patrick, Peter and Richard MacHale all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860.