The original Gaelic form of MacNaly was Mac an Fhailghigh, which is derived from the word failgheach, which means poor man.
Early Origins of the MacNaly family
The surname MacNaly was first found in counties Armagh and Monaghan
(Irish: Muineachán) located in the Northern part of the Republic of Ireland
in the province of Ulster
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the MacNaly family
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MacNaly 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 MacNaly family name. Variations found include McNally, McAnully, McAnalley, McAnally and others.
Early Notables of the MacNaly family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the MacNaly 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 MacNaly: Bernard, Biddy, Charles, George, Henry John, Michal, Patrick, Thomas and William McNally all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860; Daniel, Francis and Patrick McAnully all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860.