McGile History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Gaelic name used by the McGile family in ancient Ireland was Mac Ciele, which is derived from the word ciele, which means companion.

Early Origins of the McGile family

The surname McGile 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 McGile family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McGile research. Another 62 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McGile History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McGile Spelling Variations

Names written in official documents were generally spelt as they sounded, leading to the problem of one name being recorded under several different variations, creating the illusion in records of more than one person. Among the many spelling variations of the surname McGile that are preserved in documents of the family history are MacHale, McHale, MacHail, McHail, McCale, MacCale and others.

Early Notables of the McGile family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the McGile family

Irish families began to immigrate to British North America and the United States in the 18th century, but the greatest influx of Irish immigrants came during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. The earlier settlers came to North America after a great deal of consideration and by paying relatively high fees for their passage. These settlers were primarily drawn by the promise of land. Those later settlers that came during the 1840's were trying to escape the conditions of poverty, starvation, disease, and death that had stricken Ireland. Due to the enormity of their numbers and the late date of their arrival, these immigrants primarily became hired laborers instead of homesteading settlers like their predecessors. An exhaustive search of immigration and passenger lists has revealed many Irish immigrants North America bearing the name McGile: Anthony, James, John, Martin, Patrick, Peter and Richard MacHale all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860.

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