McGal History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The Gaelic name used by the McGal family in ancient Ireland was Mac Ciele, which is derived from the word ciele, which means companion.
Early Origins of the McGal family
The surname McGal was first found in County Mayo (Irish: Maigh Eo) located on the West coast of the Republic of Ireland in the province of Connacht, from before the 12th century.
Important Dates for the McGal family
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McGal Spelling Variations
Names during the Middle Ages were often recorded under several different spelling variations during the life of their bearers. Literacy was rare at that time and so how a person's name was recorded was decided by the individual scribe. Variations of the name McGal include MacHale, McHale, MacHail, McHail, McCale, MacCale and others.
Early Notables of the McGal family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the McGal family
In the late 18th century, Irish families began emigrating to North America in the search of a plot of land to call their own. This pattern of emigration grew steadily until the 1840s when the Great Potato Famine of the 1840s cause thousands of Irish to flee the death and disease that accompanied the disaster. Those that made it alive to the shores of the United States and British North America (later to become Canada) were, however, instrumental in the development of those two powerful nations. Many of these Irish immigrants proudly bore the name of McGal: Anthony, James, John, Martin, Patrick, Peter and Richard MacHale all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860.