McArdle History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name McArdle originally appeared in Gaelic as Mac Ardghail, which is derived from the word "ardghal," which means "high valor."

Early Origins of the McArdle family

The surname McArdle was first found in County Louth (Irish: Lú) the smallest county in Ireland, located on the East coast, in the Province of Leinster, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the McArdle family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McArdle research. Another 75 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1729, 1765, 1700 and 1725 are included under the topic Early McArdle History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McArdle Spelling Variations

In the days before Gaelic or English gained any significant semblance of standardization, the scribes who created documents simply recorded names as they sounded. Consequently, in the Middle Ages many people were recorded under different spellings each time their name was written down. Research into the McArdle family history revealed numerous spelling variations of the name, including MacArdle, MacCardle, MacCardell, McArdle and others.

Early Notables of the McArdle family (pre 1700)

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United States McArdle migration to the United States +

Ireland, as an English-controlled colony in the 19th century, suffered the loss of hundreds of thousands of its native people. The system of land ownership often did not sufficiently provide for the tenants who farmed the land. This was most clearly evidenced in the Great Potato Famine of the 1840s. Previous years of great demand for grain products and livestock had run the land down. Many landowners foreseeing an upcoming crisis often removed families from the land or forced them to rely on pitifully small plots where only a subsistence living could be made. When the famines of 1845, 46, and 48 hit, many had nothing. Disease and starvation became widespread and families boarded ships for elsewhere any way they could. Those who went to America were instrumental in developing the industrial power known today: many Irish were employed in hard labor positions in factories and in building the bridges, canals, roads, and railways necessary for a strong industrial nation. Research of early immigration and passenger lists has shown that many bearers of the name McArdle:

McArdle Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John McArdle, aged 30, who arrived in New York in 1812 [1]
  • Mary Anne McArdle, who landed in New York, NY in 1816 [1]
  • Owen McArdle, who landed in New York, NY in 1816 [1]
  • Anne McArdle, who landed in New York, NY in 1816 [1]
  • Peter McArdle, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada McArdle migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McArdle Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Hannah McArdle, aged 22, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Ugoni" from Belfast, Ireland
  • Miss. Francis McArdle, aged 10 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Lotus" departing 15th April 1847 from Liverpool, England; the ship arrived on 24th June 1847 but she died on board [2]
  • Mrs. Jane McArdle, aged 42 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Jessie" departing 18th April 1847 from Limerick, Ireland; the ship arrived on 26th June 1847 but she died on board [2]
  • Mr. John McArdle, aged 11 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Lord Ashburton" departing 13th September 1847 from Liverpool, England; the ship arrived on 1st November 1847 but he died on board [2]
  • Miss. Nancy McArdle, aged 8 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Lord Ashburton" departing 13th September 1847 from Liverpool, England; the ship arrived on 1st November 1847 but she died on board [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
McArdle Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • James McArdle, who landed in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907

Australia McArdle migration to Australia +

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

McArdle Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mary McArdle, aged 19, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Constance" [3]
  • M. McArdle, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Constance" in 1849 [3]
  • Letitia McArdle, aged 14, a laundress, who arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Lysander" [4]
  • Ann McArdle, aged 18, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Sea Park"
  • Thomas McArdle, aged 23, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Warren Hastings"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand McArdle 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:

McArdle Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • E. McArdle, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Tongariro" in 1888

Contemporary Notables of the name McArdle (post 1700) +

  • James Nivison McArdle (1899-1960), American illustrator and cartoonist, best known for his Davy Crockett comic strip (1957-1960) which appeared in many newspapers across the nation
  • Megan McArdle (b. 1973), American blogger and journalist
  • Andrea McArdle (b. 1963), American singer and actress
  • Joseph H. McArdle, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1928 [5]
  • Joseph A. McArdle (1903-1967), American Democrat politician, Member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 1936-38; U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 33rd District, 1939-42 [5]
  • John H. McArdle, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1904, 1924 (alternate) [5]
  • John McArdle, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Santa Marta, 1924; Mexico City, 1926-27; Monterrey, 1929; U.S. Consul in Prague, 1932 [5]
  • James A. McArdle, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1972 [5]
  • Gloria McArdle, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1972 [5]
  • Francis J. McArdle, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 18th District, 1974 [5]
  • ... (Another 16 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Arrow Air Flight 1285
  • Mr. Paul A McArdle (b. 1963), Arizona, USA, American Sergeant from Winslow, Arizona, USA who died in the crash [6]


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 86)
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CONSTANCE 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Constance.htm
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LYSANDER 1850. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850Lysander.htm
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 14) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  6. ^ American War Memorials - Flight 1285. (Retrieved 2016, August 24) . Retrieved from http://www.uswarmemorials.org/html/monument_details.php?SiteID=317&MemID=550


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