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

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The surname McHale 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.

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 McHale that are preserved in documents of the family history are MacHale, McHale, MacHail, McHail, McCale, MacCale and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McHale research. Another 197 words (14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McHale History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early McHale Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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The English-ruled Ireland of the late 18th and 19th centuries featured a rapidly increasing population and an agricultural-based economy. This combination proved to be disastrous in the 1840s after a couple of failed potato harvests. Thousands died of disease and starvation, and thousands more left the country, often bound for North America. Those that survived the journey to North America were put to work building the bridges, canals, roadways, and railways needed for the development of an industrial society. Those Irish, although often despised by those already established in North American cities and towns, played an instrumental role in making Canada and the United States the powerful and wealthy nations that they are today. An examination of early immigration and passenger lists has shown many immigrants bearing the name McHale:

McHale Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Miles McHale, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1868
  • Patrick McHale, who landed in America in 1868
  • Bridget McHale, aged 36, who landed in America, in 1892

McHale Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Anthony McHale, aged 26, who emigrated to the United States from Caslteban, Ireland, in 1906
  • Beezie McHale, aged 40, who landed in America from Carramore, Ireland, in 1907
  • Anna McHale, aged 30, who emigrated to the United States from Ballycastle, Ireland, in 1908
  • Agnes McHale, aged 18, who settled in America from Athlone, Ireland, in 1909
  • Annie McHale, aged 24, who emigrated to America from Castlebar, Ireland, in 1909


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  • Brian K. McHale, American Democrat politician, Member of Maryland State House of Delegates District 47-A; Elected 1998
  • Celine McHale, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Nebraska, 2000
  • Francis McHale, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Florida 2nd District, 1940
  • Francis McHale, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 10th District, 2000
  • Frank Henry McHale, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Indiana, 1932, 1940, 1944 (speaker), 1948, 1956, 1960, 1964; Member of Democratic National Committee from Indiana, 1939-47
  • James A. McHale, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1972
  • John R. McHale, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Connecticut 2nd District, 1940
  • Judith McHale, American Democrat politician, Member, Platform Committee, Democratic National Convention, 2008
  • Martha Lillian McHale, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Louisiana, 1996
  • Matthew P. McHale, American Democrat politician, Mayor of Dumont, New Jersey, 2007

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  8. Kennedy, Patrick. Kennedy's Book of Arms. Canterbury: Achievements, 1967. Print.
  9. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
  10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
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The McHale Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McHale 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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