McNally History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the McNally family

The surname McNally 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 McNally family

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

McNally Spelling Variations

Those scribes in Ireland during the Middle Ages recorded names as they sounded. Consequently, in this era many people were recorded under different spellings each time their name was written down. Research on the McNally family name revealed numerous spelling variations, including McNally, McAnully, McAnalley, McAnally and others.

Early Notables of the McNally family (pre 1700)

Another 48 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McNally Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States McNally migration to the United States +

Thousands of Irish families left for North American shores in the 19th century. These people were searching for a life unencumbered with poverty, hunger, and racial discrimination. Many arrived to eventually find such conditions, but many others simply did not arrive: victims of the diseased, overcrowded ships in which they traveled to the New World. Those who lived to see North American shores were instrumental in the development of the growing nations of Canada and the United States. A thorough examination of passenger and immigration lists has disclosed evidence of many early immigrants of the name McNally:

McNally Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Hugh McNally, who arrived in America in 1806 [1]
  • Mathew McNally, aged 30, who landed in New York in 1812 [1]
  • Henry McNally, aged 32, who arrived in New York in 1812 [1]
  • Jane McNally, aged 19, who arrived in New York, NY in 1849 [1]
  • John McNally, who landed in Mississippi in 1849 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada McNally migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McNally Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • James McNally, aged 30, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the ship "Britannia" from Sligo, Ireland
  • Mary McNally, aged 30, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the ship "Britannia" from Sligo, Ireland
  • Patrick McNally, aged 19, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Cupid" in 1834
  • Mr. Frank McNally, aged 37 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "John Munn" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in August 1847 [2]
  • Mr. Philip McNally, aged 24 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Sovereign" departing from the port of Limerick, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle in June 1847 [2]

Australia McNally migration to Australia +

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

McNally Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Thomas McNally, aged 18, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Constance" [3]
  • Alice McNally, aged 15, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Constance" [3]
  • Mary McNally, aged 28, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Constance" [3]
  • Thomas McNally, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Constance" in 1849 [3]
  • Alice McNally, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Constance" in 1849 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand McNally 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:

McNally Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • James McNally, aged 36, a butcher, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Adelaide" in 1858
  • Louiza McNally, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Adelaide" in 1858
  • Michael McNally, aged 27, a labourer, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hannibal" in 1875
  • James McNally, aged 29, a farm labourer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Salisbury" in 1876
  • Ellen B. McNally, aged 19, a servant, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Maraval" in 1879

Contemporary Notables of the name McNally (post 1700) +

  • Joe McNally (1952-1987), American photographer from Montclair, New Jersey for the National Geographic Society since 1987
  • John Victor "Blood" McNally (1903-1985), American NFL football player, inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame (1963)
  • Patrick McNally (b. 1991), American NHL ice hockey player
  • Shannon McNally (b. 1973), American singer-songwriter from Hempstead, Long Island
  • Stephen McNally (1913-1994), American actor
  • Terrence McNally (b. 1939), American four-time Tony Award winning, and an Emmy Award winnning playwright
  • Terrence E. McNally, American actor and radio host
  • Paul A. McNally (1890-1955), American astronomer and a Jesuit priest, eponym of the McNally crater on the Moon
  • Dave McNally (1942-2002), Major League Baseball left-handed pitcher
  • David Arthur McNally (1942-2002), American Major League Baseball left-handed starting pitcher and the only pitcher in Major League history to hit a grand slam in a World Series game
  • ... (Another 37 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. Peter Mcnally, English Seaman from Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [4]


  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. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 46)
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CONSTANCE 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Constance.htm
  4. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 7) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/


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