McCaughley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Many variations of the name McCaughley 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 McCaughley family

The surname McCaughley 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 McCaughley family

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

McCaughley Spelling Variations

Before widespread literacy came to Ireland, a name was often recorded under several different variations during the life of its bearer. Accordingly, numerous spelling variations were revealed in the search for the origin of the name McCaughley family name. Variations found include MacAulay, MacAwley, MacAuley, MacAullay, MacAulley, MacAwlay, MacCaulay, MacCawley, MacGawley, Magawley, Cauley, Caulay, McCamley and many more.

Early Notables of the McCaughley family (pre 1700)

Another 34 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McCaughley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Australia McCaughley migration to Australia +

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

McCaughley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Henry Mccaughley, (b. 1810), aged 28, Irish labourer from Belfast who was convicted in Antrim, Ireland for 7 years for receiving stolen goods, transported aboard the "Clyde" on 11th May 1838, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [3]


  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)
  3. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 24th February 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/clyde


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