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

Early Origins of the Maly family

The surname Maly 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 Maly family

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Maly Spelling Variations

The recording of names in Ireland during the Middle Ages was an inconsistent endeavor at best. Since the general population did not know how to read or write, they could only specify how their names should be recorded orally. Research into the name Maly revealed spelling variations, including Malley, Mallay, Mally, O'Mally, Mailley, O'Malley, O'Mailey, Mailey, Maley, Mealey, Mealley, Meally and many more.

Early Notables of the Maly family (pre 1700)

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Maly Ranking

In the United States, the name Maly is the 15,424th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [2]

United States Maly migration to the United States +

In the 19th century, thousands of Irish left their English-occupied homeland for North America. Like most new world settlers, the Irish initially settled on the eastern shores of the continent but began to move westward with the promise of owning land. The height of this Irish migration came during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. With apparently nothing to lose, Irish people left on ships bound for North America and Australia. Unfortunately a great many of these passengers lost their lives - the only thing many had left - to disease, starvation, and accidents during the long and dangerous journey. Those who did safely arrive in "the land of opportunities" were often used for the hard labor of building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. The Irish were critical to the quick development of the infrastructure of the United States and Canada. Passenger and immigration lists indicate that members of the Maly family came to North America quite early:

Maly Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Maly, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816 [3]
  • Charles Maly, aged 25, who arrived in Missouri in 1840 [3]
  • Patrick Maly, who arrived in Tippecanoe County, Ind in 1843 [3]
  • Thomas Maly, aged 18, who landed in New York in 1854 [3]
  • Margaret Maly, aged 22, who landed in New York in 1854 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Maly Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Ferdinand Maly, who landed in Alabama in 1925 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Maly (post 1700) +

  • Charles J. Maly, American Republican politician, Republican Candidate for Michigan State Senate 2nd District, 1942, 1944 (primary), 1946 (primary) ; Candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from Michigan 1st District, 1948 [4]
  • Theodore Maly (1894-1938), undercover Soviet intelligence officer
  • Ulrich Maly (b. 1960), German politician, Mayor of Nuremberg
  • Josef Maly (1894-1943), Czech Olympic gymnast
  • Arturo Maly (1939-2001), Argentine Silver Condor award winning actor

  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. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  3. 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)
  4. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 8) . Retrieved from on Facebook