The original Gaelic form of McCahil was Mac Cathail or O Cathail, while is derived from the personal name
Cathal, which is generally Anglicized as Charles. McCahil is derived from the Old Irish "catu-ualos" which means "valor or powerful in battle".
Early Origins of the McCahil family
The surname McCahil was first found in County Kerry
as there are at least two distinct septs of the name. The first sept from County Kerry
descend from the Heremon
line of kings and were known as the Cahills of Connaught
. The second sept claim descent from the Ir line of kings and were located at Corkashinny, or the parish of Templemore, Tipperary
. This line further branched to the eponymous Ballycahill, Tipperary. Both branches descended from O'Connors, the Kings of Connacht
, specifically "Cathal," also known as Conor na Luinge Luaithe, when anglicized means "Conor, the Swifter-Sailing Ship" CITATION[CLOSE]
O'Hart, John, Irish Pedigrees 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4)
which may elude to the seafaring coat of arms used by the family.
Early History of the McCahil family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McCahil research.Another 275 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1654, 1796 and 1864 are included under the topic Early McCahil History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
McCahil Spelling Variations
Scribes and church officials, lacking today's standardized spelling rules, recorded names by how they were pronounced. This imprecise guide often led to the misleading result of one person's name being recorded under several different spellings. Numerous spelling variations
of the surname McCahil are preserved in documents of the family history. The various spellings of the name that were found include Cahill, O'Cahill, Kahill, Cawhill, Cahille, Cahil, Cahaly, Cahell, Cahel, Caughell, Kahil, Kahel, Caill, Cail and many more.
Early Notables of the McCahil family (pre 1700)
Notable among the family name at this time was Flan O'Cahill, martyred in 938; Daniel O'Cahill, brother of Bogh O'Cahill, chief of the Clan
, forfeited under the... Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McCahil Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the McCahil family to the New World and Oceana
A massive wave of Irish immigrants hit North America during the 19th century. Although many early Irish immigrants made a carefully planned decision to leave left Ireland
for the promise of free land, by the 1840s immigrants were fleeing a famine stricken land in desperation. The condition of Ireland
during the Great Potato Famine
of the late 1840s can be attributed to a rapidly expanding population and English imperial policies. Those Irish families
that arrived in North America were essential to its rapid social, industrial, and economic development. Passenger and immigration lists have revealed a number of early Irish immigrants bearing the name McCahil: Elizabeth Cahill, a bonded passenger, who arrived in America in 1735; Thomas Cahill, an "enforced emigrant" sent to America from Ireland
The McCahil Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: In Domino confido
Motto Translation: I trust in the Lord.