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Where did the Irish McHale family come from? What is the Irish McHale family crest and coat of arms? When did the McHale family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the McHale family history?The Gaelic name used by the McHale family in ancient Ireland was Mac Ciele, which is derived from the word ciele, which means companion.
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.
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.
More information is included under the topic Early McHale Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
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
McHale Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
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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