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Irish names tend to vary widely in their spelling and overall form. The original Gaelic form of the name McGonigal is Mag Congail, which means son of the most valorous one.

McGonigal Early Origins



The surname McGonigal 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.

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McGonigal Spelling Variations


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McGonigal Spelling Variations



The recording of names in Ireland during the Middle Ages was an inconsistent endeavor at best. Since the general population did not know how to read or write, they could only specify how their names should be recorded orally. Research into the name McGonigal revealed spelling variations, including MacGonigle, MacGonagle, Magonagle, Magonigele and many more.

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McGonigal Early History


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McGonigal Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McGonigal research. Another 217 words (16 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McGonigal History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McGonigal Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McGonigal Early Notables (pre 1700)



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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



In the 19th century, thousands of Irish left their English-occupied homeland for North Ameri ca. Like most new world settlers, the Irish initially settled on the eastern shores of the continent but began to move westward with the promise of owning land. The height of this Irish migration came during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. With apparently nothing to lose, Irish people left on ships bound for North America and Australia. Unfortunately a great many of these passengers lost their lives - the only thing many had left - to disease, starvation, and accidents during the long and dangerous journey. Those who did safely arrive in "the land of opportunities" were often used for the hard labor of building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. The Irish were critical to the quick development of the infrastructure of the United States and Canada. Passenger and immigration lists indicate that members of the McGonigal family came to North America quite early:

McGonigal Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Isabella McGonigal, who arrived in New York in 1835 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • John McGonigal, aged 39, who landed in Alabama in 1858 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Patrick McGonigal, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1874 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

McGonigal Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Daniel McGonigal, aged 21, who landed in America from Donegal, Ireland, in 1907
  • Fanny McGonigal, aged 22, who landed in America from Donegal, in 1907
  • Patrick McGonigal, aged 24, who emigrated to the United States from Donegal, Ireland, in 1907
  • Jerry McGonigal, aged 30, who emigrated to the United States from Donegal, Ireland, in 1909
  • Madge McGonigal, aged 36, who settled in America from Dungloe, Ireland, in 1911
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name McGonigal (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name McGonigal (post 1700)



  • Jane McGonigal Ph.D. (b. 1977), American computer game designer, games researcher, and author
  • William C. McGonigal, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Auburn, Indiana, 1858-59
  • R. J. McGonigal, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Kansas, 1908
  • Donal F. McGonigal, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Beirut, 1929-30; Salonika, 1932; Amsterdam, 1938; Glasgow, 1941-43
  • Sir Ambrose Joseph McGonigal MC, QC (1917-1979), Northern Irish author, Lord Justice of Appeal (1975)
  • David McGonigal (b. 1950), Australian travel writer, Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society
  • Allan McGonigal (b. 1964), Scottish footballer
  • Pearl Kathryne McGonigal CM, OM (b. 1929), Canadian politician, 19th Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba 1981 to 1986

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  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

Other References

  1. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
  2. Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
  3. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  4. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  5. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  6. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1978. Print.
  7. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  8. Johnson, Daniel F. Irish Emigration to New England Through the Port of Saint John, New Brunswick Canada 1841-1849. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield, 1996. Print.
  9. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  10. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
  11. ...

The McGonigal Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McGonigal Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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