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
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
McGale Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Mr. John McGale, aged 35 who emigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "George" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in June 1847 CITATION[CLOSE]
Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 44)
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