Show ContentsMcAnelly History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The original Gaelic form of McAnelly was Mac an Fhailghigh, which is derived from the word failgheach, which means poor man.

Early Origins of the McAnelly family

The surname McAnelly 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 McAnelly family

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McAnelly Spelling Variations

People who were accounted for by scribes and church officials often had their name recorded many different ways because pronunciation was the only guide those scribes and church officials had to go by. This resulted in the problem of one person's name being recorded under several different variations, creating the illusion of more than one person. Among the many spelling variations of the surname McAnelly that are preserved in archival documents are McNally, McAnully, McAnalley, McAnally and others.

Early Notables of the McAnelly family (pre 1700)

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United States McAnelly migration to the United States +

Irish families left their homeland in astonishing numbers during the 19th century in search of a better life. Although individual reasons vary, most of these Irish families suffered from extreme poverty, lack of work opportunities, and exorbitant rents in their homeland. Many decided to travel to Australia or North America in the hopes of finding greater opportunities and land. The Irish immigrants that came to North America initially settled on the East Coast, often in major centers such as Boston or New York. But like the many other cultures to settle in North America, the Irish traveled to almost any region they felt held greater promise; as a result, many Irish with gold fever moved all the way out to the Pacific coast. Others before that time left for land along the St. Lawrence River and the Niagara Peninsula, or the Maritimes as United Empire Loyalists, for many Irish did choose to side with the English during the American War of Independence. The earliest wave of Irish migration, however, occurred during the Great Potato Famine of the 1840s. An examination of early immigration and passenger lists has revealed many people bearing the McAnelly name:

McAnelly Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Jeremiah McAnelly, aged 32, who landed in America, in 1896
McAnelly Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Joseph McAnelly, aged 57, who immigrated to the United States from Partick, Scotland, in 1907
  • H. H. McAnelly, aged 26, who settled in America, in 1911

Contemporary Notables of the name McAnelly (post 1700) +

  • Cornelius McAnelly, American politician, Member of the Fifth Texas Legislature in 1853
  • John McAnelly, American politician, city Councillor for Hondo, Texas
  • Megan McAnelly, American beauty pageant competitor and model, 1st runner-up Miss Texas USA 2011
  • Shawn McAnelly, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Texas, 2012 [1]

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