McNalley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the McNalley family

The surname McNalley 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.

Important Dates for the McNalley family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McNalley research. Another 100 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1120, 1653, 1680 and 1697 are included under the topic Early McNalley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McNalley Spelling Variations

A name was often recorded during the Middle Ages under several different spelling variations during the life of its bearer because literacy was rare there was no real push to clearly define any of the languages found in the British Isles at that time. Variations found of the name McNalley include McNally, McAnully, McAnalley, McAnally and others.

Early Notables of the McNalley family (pre 1700)

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McNalley 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 McNalley family came to North America quite early:

McNalley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Ann McNalley, aged 16, who arrived in New York, NY in 1850 [1]
  • Thomas McNalley, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1876 [1]

McNalley migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

McNalley Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James McNalley, Australian settler travelling from Hobart, Tasmania, Australia aboard the ship "Boomerang" arriving in Invercargill, South Island, New Zealand on 26th March 1863 [2]
  • Miss Eliza McNalley, (b. 1856), aged 21, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Marlborough" arriving in Bluff, South Island, New Zealand on 4th November 1877 [2]
  • Miss Ann McNalley, (b. 1854), aged 23, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Marlborough" arriving in Bluff, South Island, New Zealand on 4th November 1877 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name McNalley (post 1700)

  • L. A. McNalley, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Kansas, 1940 [3]

Citations

  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)
  2. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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