Show ContentsMcCamley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Many variations of the name McCamley have evolved since the time of its initial creation. In Gaelic it appeared as Mac Amhalghaidh or Mac Amhlaoibh. The former name denotes a son of Auley, while the later denotes a son of Auliffe or a son of Humphrey. They claim descent through the Heremon line of Irish kings. [1]

Early Origins of the McCamley family

The surname McCamley was first found in county Westmeath (Irish: An Iarmhí) in the Irish Midlands, province of Leinster, where at one time the area which is now Ballyloughnoe was once called "McGawley's Country." There is another sept named Mac Amhlaoibh in Gaelic which were a branch of the MacGuires and mainly found in County Fermanagh. This branch gave their name to Clanawley. [2]

Early History of the McCamley family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McCamley research. Another 109 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1787 and 1841 are included under the topic Early McCamley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McCamley Spelling Variations

Irish names were rarely spelled consistently in the Middle Ages. Spelling variations of the name McCamley dating from that time include MacAulay, MacAwley, MacAuley, MacAullay, MacAulley, MacAwlay, MacCaulay, MacCawley, MacGawley, Magawley, Cauley, Caulay, McCamley and many more.

Early Notables of the McCamley family (pre 1700)

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New Zealand McCamley 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:

McCamley Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Isabella McCamley, aged 19, a servant, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of Nations" in 1874

Contemporary Notables of the name McCamley (post 1700) +

  • David McCamley, American Emmy Award nominated animator, known for his work on Disney features including The Lion King (1994), Pocahontas, Hunchback (1996) and Hercules (1997)
  • Orla McCamley, American animator, known for her work on The Swan Princess (1994)
  • Bill McCamley, American politician, Member of the New Mexico House of Representatives (2013-)
  • Matthew McCamley, Australian Senior Sound Designer for the gaming industry
  • Nick McCamley, British historian and author, known for his work on The Secrets of Underground Britain (2008)
  • Sir Graham Edward McCamley MBE (b. 1932), Australian cattle Baron who established a cattle empire in Queensland
  • Rodman McCamley Price (1816-1894), American Democratic Party politician, 17th Governor of New Jersey (1854-1857), Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New Jersey (1851-1853)

  1. O'Hart, John, Irish Pedigrees 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4)
  2. MacLysaght, Edward, Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7) on Facebook