Irish names tend to vary widely in their spelling and overall form. The original Gaelic form of the name McGonagle is Mag Congail, which means son of the most valorous one.
Early Origins of the McGonagle family
The surname McGonagle was first found in County Donegal
(Irish: Dún na nGall), northwest Ireland
in the province of Ulster
, sometimes referred to as County Tyrconnel, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the McGonagle family
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McGonagle Spelling Variations
Just like the English language, the Gaelic language of Ireland
was not standardized in the Middle Ages. Therefore, one's name was often recorded under several different spellings during the life of its bearer. Spelling variations
revealed in the search for the origins of the McGonagle family name include MacGonigle, MacGonagle, Magonagle, Magonigele and many more.
Early Notables of the McGonagle family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the McGonagle family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
McGonagle Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Catherine McGonagle, aged 18, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Salus" in 1833
- John McGonagle, aged 24, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Nancy" in 1834
- Eleanor McGonagle, aged 22, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Nancy" in 1834
- Patrick McGonagle, aged 4, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Nancy" in 1834
- Hanna McGonagle, aged 11 months, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Nancy" in 1834
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McGonagle Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- J McGonagle, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1837
Contemporary Notables of the name McGonagle (post 1700)
- Richard Francis McGonagle (b. 1946), American voice actor, known for his work in General Hospital (1963), (500) Days of Summer (2009) and Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (2002)
- Captain William Loren McGonagle (1925-1999), United States Naval officer who received the Medal of Honor
- Geoffrey McGonagle (b. 1974), Irish dual GAA player
- De Clan McGonagle (b. 1953), Irish director at the Orchard Gallery in Derry
- Stephen McGonagle (1914-2002), Irish trade unionist, President of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (1972-1973)
- William "Peter" McGonagle (1904-1956), Scottish footballer
- Dean McGonagle (b. 1994), English child actor who appeared in the British soap opera Emmerdale playing the character Luke Dingle from 2004 to 2006