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McGale History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The McGale family history stretches back to the clans of the Dalriadan kingdom on the sea-swept Hebrides islands and mountainous western coast of Scotland. The name McGale is derived from the Gaelic surname of Scottish origin, which means son of the battle chief.

Early Origins of the McGale family


The surname McGale was first found in Argyllshire (Gaelic erra Ghaidheal), the region of western Scotland corresponding roughly with the ancient Kingdom of Dál Riata, in the Strathclyde region of Scotland, now part of the Council Area of Argyll and Bute, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Early History of the McGale family


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McGale Spelling Variations


Medieval translation of Gaelic names could not be referred to as an accurate process. Spelling was not yet standardized, and names in documents from that era are riddled with spelling variations. McGale has been written as MacAll, MacColl, MacCole, MacCall, MacAul, Mccall and others.

Early Notables of the McGale family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the McGale family to Ireland


Some of the McGale family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 158 words (11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the McGale family to the New World and Oceana


The descendants of the Dalriadan families who made the great crossing of the Atlantic still dot communities along the east coast of the United States and Canada. In the American War of Independence, many of the settlers traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Clan societies and highland games have allowed Canadian and American families of Scottish descent to recover much of their lost heritage. Investigation of the origins of family names on the North American continent has revealed that early immigrants bearing the name McGale or a variant listed above include: Andrew and Catherine MacCall settled in Boston in 1849; Andrew, Denis, Hugh, James, John, Patrick, Robert and William MacCall all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860.

Contemporary Notables of the name McGale (post 1700)


  • Francis McGale, British Labour representative for Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council in 2002, 2006 and 2010
  • Chris McGale (1923-2003), Canadian jazz and country swing violinist who worked with Hank Williams, Hank Snow, Don Messer, "Tennessee" Ernie Ford and Don Steele

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