Mally History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Mally originally appeared in Gaelic as "O Maille."

Early Origins of the Mally family

The surname Mally was first found in County Mayo (Irish: Maigh Eo) located on the West coast of the Republic of Ireland in the province of Connacht, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

"The O'Malley's were celebrated Chiefs whose territory comprised the present Baronies of Murrisk and Burrishoole in the County Mayo. The Malleys and O'Malleys are now located principally in the two baronies named, and in that of Erris, in County Mayo. " [1]

Early History of the Mally family

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Mally Spelling Variations

Within the archives researched, many different spelling variations of the surname Mally were found. These included One reason for the many variations is that scribes and church officials often spelled an individual's name as it sounded. This imprecise method often led to many versions. Malley, Mallay, Mally, O'Mally, Mailley, O'Malley, O'Mailey, Mailey, Maley, Mealey, Mealley, Meally and many more.

Early Notables of the Mally family (pre 1700)

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United States Mally migration to the United States +

The 19th century saw a great wave of Irish families leaving Ireland for the distant shores of North America and Australia. These families often left their homeland hungry, penniless, and destitute due to the policies of England. Those Irish immigrants that survived the long sea passage initially settled on the eastern seaboard of the continent. Some, however, moved north to a then infant Canada as United Empire Loyalists after ironically serving with the English in the American War of Independence. Others that remained in America later joined the westward migration in search of land. The greatest influx of Irish immigrants, though, came to North America during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Thousands left Ireland at this time for North America, and those who arrived were immediately put to work building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. In fact, the foundations of today's powerful nations of the United States and Canada were to a larger degree built by the Irish. Archival documents indicate that members of the Mally family relocated to North American shores quite early:

Mally Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Cormack Mally, who landed in Virginia in 1655 [2]
Mally Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James Mally, who landed in New York, NY in 1810 [2]
  • Anthony Mally who settled in Philadelphia in 1854
  • Paul Mally, aged 29, who arrived in Chile in 1898 [2]

Canada Mally migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Mally Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Catherine Mally, aged 2, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Trafalgar" from Galway, Ireland
  • Wasyl Mally, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1898
  • William Mally, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1898

Australia Mally migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Mally Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Patrick Mally, (b. 1818), aged 26, Irish shepherd who was convicted in Roscommon, Ireland for 10 years, transported aboard the "Cadet" on 9th April 1844, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [3]

New Zealand Mally migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Mally Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Honoria Mally, (b. 1845), aged 20, British domestic servant travelling from London aboard the ship "Eastern Empire" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 4th January 1865 [4]
  • Mr. Patrick Mally (Malley), British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Himalaya" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 10th February 1867 [4]
  • Miss Honora Mally, (b. 1854), aged 16, British dairymaid travelling from London aboard the ship 'Merope' arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 27th October 1870 [4]
  • Miss Catherine Mally, (b. 1856), aged 14, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship 'Merope' arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 27th October 1870 [4]


  1. ^ Matheson, Robert E., Special Report on Surnames in Ireland with Notes as to Numeric Strength, Derivation, Ethnology, and Distribution. Dublin: Alexander Thom & Co., 1894. Print
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 17th November 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/cadet/
  4. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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