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Today's Irish surnames are underpinned by a multitude of rich histories. The name McAnulty originally appeared in Gaelic as Mac an Ultaigh, which is derived from Ultach, which means Ulsterman.


The surname McAnulty was first found in County Donegal (Irish: Dún na nGall), northwest Ireland in the province of Ulster, sometimes referred to as County Tyrconnel, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Many spelling variations of the surname McAnulty can be found in the archives. One reason for these variations is that ancient scribes and church officials recorded names as they were pronounced, often resulting in a single person being recorded under several different spellings. The different spellings that were found include McNulty, McAnulty, McNull and others.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McAnulty research. Another 163 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1800 and 1861 are included under the topic Early McAnulty History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Another 23 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McAnulty Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


In the 19th century, thousands of Irish left their English-occupied homeland for North Ameri ca. 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 McAnulty family came to North America quite early:

McAnulty Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Cornelius McAnulty, who arrived in Maryland in 1810
  • James McAnulty, aged 26, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Hugh McAnulty, aged 23, landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1820
  • Sarah McAnulty, who landed in Texas in 1835
  • Charles McAnulty, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1842
  • ...

McAnulty Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Rose McAnulty, aged 32, who settled in America from Newry, in 1903
  • Mary Ellen McAnulty, aged 22, who landed in America from Newry, in 1906
  • Lillie McAnulty, aged 27, who settled in America from Down, in 1906
  • John McAnulty, aged 26, who emigrated to Boston, Massachusetts, in 1910
  • Arthur M. McAnulty, aged 27, who landed in America from Cambough, Ireland, in 1910
  • ...

McAnulty Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Andrew McAnulty, aged 36, who emigrated to Ottawa, Canada, in 1923

  • Henry Joseph McAnulty C.S.Sp. (1915-1995), American Catholic priest, the ninth president of Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (1959 to 1980)
  • William Eugene McAnulty Jr. (1947-2007), American attorney and judge, first African American justice on the Kentucky Supreme Court
  • Paul Michael McAnulty (b. 1981), American Major League Baseball infielder from Oxnard, California
  • J. M. McAnulty, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Missouri, 1916
  • Nicholas McAnulty (b. 2002), Australian child actor, known for his debut role as Artie, a six-year-old boy in The Boys Are Back (2009)
  • Nick McAnulty, Canadian film maker from Guelph, Ontario, best known for his feature-film directorial debut, the 2010 film Uncle Brian

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    Other References

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    2. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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    5. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    7. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
    8. Kennedy, Patrick. Kennedy's Book of Arms. Canterbury: Achievements, 1967. Print.
    9. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
    10. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
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    The McAnulty Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The McAnulty Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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