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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)



More information is included under the topic Early McGonigal Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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
  • John McGonigal, aged 39, landed in Alabama in 1858
  • Patrick McGonigal, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1874

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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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Heraldic Scroll and Map of Family names and Origins of Ireland. Dublin: Mullins. Print.
    2. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    3. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    4. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    6. Woulfe, Rev. Patrick. Irish Names and Surnames Collected and Edited with Explanatory and Historical Notes. Kansas City: Genealogical Foundation, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-940134-403).
    7. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
    8. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    9. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. McDonnell, Frances. Emigrants from Ireland to America 1735-1743 A Transcription of the report of the Irish House of Commons into Enforced emigration to America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1331-5).
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    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.

    This page was last modified on 14 January 2016 at 10:44.

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