Show ContentsMcInally History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The original Gaelic form of McInally was Mac an Fhailghigh, which is derived from the word failgheach, which means poor man.

Early Origins of the McInally family

The surname McInally was first found in counties Armagh and Monaghan (Irish: Muineachán) located in the Northern part of the Republic of Ireland in the province of Ulster, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the McInally family

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McInally Spelling Variations

The Middle Ages saw a great number of spelling variations for surnames common to the Irish landscape. One reason for these variations is the fact that surnames were not rigidly fixed by this period. The following variations for the name McInally were encountered in the archives: McNally, McAnully, McAnalley, McAnally and others.

Early Notables of the McInally family (pre 1700)

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United States McInally migration to the United States +

In the 19th century, thousands of Irish left their English-occupied homeland for North America. 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 McInally family came to North America quite early:

McInally Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William McInally, aged 28, who immigrated to the United States from Oban, in 1899
McInally Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Anna McInally, aged 6, who immigrated to the United States from Blantyre, Scotland, in 1908
  • Elizabeth McInally, aged 1, who settled in America from Blantyre, Scotland, in 1908
  • Maggie McInally, aged 32, who immigrated to the United States from Barrhead, Scotland, in 1910
  • John McInally, aged 25, who immigrated to America from Dundee, Scotland, in 1911
  • Louisa McInally, aged 55, who landed in America from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1911
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Australia McInally migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

McInally Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Owen McInally, Scottish convict who was convicted in Ayr, Scotland for 7 years, transported aboard the "Eden" on 12th March 1842, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Island) [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name McInally (post 1700) +

  • John Patrick "Pat" McInally (b. 1953), American former punter and wide receiver
  • William K. McInally (1905-1964), American Democratic Party politician, Member of University of Michigan Board of Regents, 1960-64; Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1964 [2]
  • LeRoy B. McInally (1906-2000), American politician, Prohibition Candidate for Michigan State Attorney General, 1946, 1948 [2]
  • Jim McInally (1948-2021), Canadian former professional ice hockey defenceman, born in Simcoe, Ontario, drafted in the first round, 7th overall by the Los Angeles Kings in the 1968 NHL Amateur Draft
  • Jackie McInally (1936-2016), Scottish professional footballer
  • Thomas "Tommy" McInally (1900-1955), Scottish footballer
  • Damian McInally (b. 1975), Australian Rugby Union player
  • Stuart McInally (b. 1990), Scottish rugby union player
  • Alan Bruce McInally (b. 1963), former Scottish professional footballer
  • James Edward McInally (b. 1964), former Scottish footballer

  1. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 15th December 2021). Retrieved from
  2. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 10) . Retrieved from on Facebook