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Where did the Irish McAuliffe family come from? What is the Irish McAuliffe family crest and coat of arms? When did the McAuliffe family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the McAuliffe family history?

The name McAuliffe has undergone many variations in the time that has passed since its genesis. In Gaelic it appeared as Mac Amhlaoibh, which denotes a son of Auliffe or a son of Humphrey.

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Lacking standardized spellings, scribes and church officials recorded people's name according to how they sounded. This practice often led to the misleading result of one person's name being recorded under several different spellings. Numerous spelling variations of the surname McAuliffe are preserved in the archival documents of the period. The various spellings of the name that were found include MacAuliffe, MacCauliffe and others.

First found in County Cork (Irish: Corcaigh) the ancient Kingdom of Deis Muin (Desmond), located on the southwest coast of Ireland in the province of Munster, where they held a family seat from ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McAuliffe research. Another 408 words(29 lines of text) covering the year 1720 is included under the topic Early McAuliffe History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early McAuliffe Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Many Irish families boarded ships bound for North America in the middle of 19th century to escape the conditions of poverty and racial discrimination at that time. Although these immigrants often arrived in a destitute state, they went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. An inquiry into many immigration and passenger lists has revealed many early immigrants to North America bearing the McAuliffe family name:

McAuliffe Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Denis McAuliffe, aged 28, landed in New York, NY in 1849
  • John McAuliffe, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1854
  • Malachi McAuliffe, who landed in Arkansas in 1859
  • Eugene McAuliffe, who arrived in Arkansas in 1860

McAuliffe Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • James McAuliffe, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1834
  • John McAuliffe, aged 30, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1837 aboard the barque "Robert Watt" from Cork

McAuliffe Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Henry McAuliffe, aged 21, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Hydaspes"
  • Patrick McAuliffe, aged 30, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Sea Park"
  • Mary McAuliffe, aged 21, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Aliquis"
  • Maria McAuliffe, aged 16, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Omega"
  • Jeremiah McAuliffe, aged 20, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Bee"


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  • Terence Richard "Terry" McAuliffe (b. 1957), American political leader from the Democratic Party
  • General Anthony Clement McAuliffe (1898-1975), American Army general awarded the Croix de Guerre and the Distinguished Service Cross during World War II, best known for his single-word reply to a German surrender ultimatum: "Nuts!"
  • Michael A. McAuliffe (b. 1941), American Brigadier General in the United States Air Force
  • Michael Francis McAuliffe (b. 1943), American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church
  • Jack McAuliffe (1866-1937), Irish-born, American boxer, nicknamed 'The Napolean of the Ring', inducted into the Ring Boxing Hall of Fame in 1954 and the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1995
  • Eugene Leo McAuliffe (1872-1953), American Major League Baseball player
  • Sharon Christa McAuliffe (1948-1986), American teacher and civilian payload specialist who perished on the Space Shuttle Challenger when it blew up shortly after launch
  • Ronald Edward McAuliffe OBE (1918-1988), Australian politician and sports administrator
  • Nichola McAuliffe (b. 1955), English television and stage actress and writer


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  1. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  2. MacLysaght, Edward. Mores Irish Familes. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0).
  3. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
  4. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  5. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  6. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
  7. Heraldic Scroll and Map of Family names and Origins of Ireland. Dublin: Mullins. Print.
  8. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  9. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  10. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
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The McAuliffe Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McAuliffe 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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