Show ContentsMcCardle History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The original Gaelic versions of today's Irish names demonstrate a proud, ancient past. The original Gaelic form of the name McCardle is Mac Ardghail, from the word "ardghal," which means "high valor."

Early Origins of the McCardle family

The surname McCardle 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 very ancient times.

Early History of the McCardle family

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McCardle Spelling Variations

The Middle Ages saw a great number of spelling variations for surnames common to the Irish landscape. One reason for these variations is the fact that surnames were not rigidly fixed by this period. The following variations for the name McCardle were encountered in the archives: Cardle, McCardle, Cardell, McCardel, McCardell and others.

Early Notables of the McCardle family (pre 1700)

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McCardle Ranking

In the United States, the name McCardle is the 10,596th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

United States McCardle migration to the United States +

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

McCardle Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Mary McCardle, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1773 [2]
McCardle Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John McCardle, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1811 [2]
  • Henry McCardle, who settled in New York state in 1822
  • Joseph McCardle, who arrived in New York in 1826 [2]
  • James McCardle, also Michael, Owen, Patrick, Philip, Thomas, and James McArdy all settled in Philadelphia, PA between 1840 and 1860
  • Patrick McCardle, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1870 [2]
McCardle Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Michael McCardle, who arrived in Wisconsin in 1916 [2]

Canada McCardle migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McCardle Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Alice McCardle, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Mary" in 1838
  • Bridget McCardle, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Mary" in 1838

Contemporary Notables of the name McCardle (post 1700) +

  • Carl W. McCardle (1904-1972), American politician, Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs (1953-1957)
  • William Wilson McCardle JP (1844-1922), Scottish-born, member of the New Zealand Legislative Council
  • Fred McCardle, Canadian politician who represented the electoral district of Borden-Kinkora in the Legislative Assembly of Prince Edward Island from 2003 to 2007
  • Peter McCardle (b. 1955), New Zealand politician
  • Elizabeth McCardle Johnson (1810-1876), 22nd First Lady of the United States and the wife of President Andrew Johnson

  1. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  2. 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) on Facebook