McNealy History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

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

Early Origins of the McNealy family

The surname McNealy 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 McNealy family

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

McNealy Spelling Variations

Irish names were rarely spelled consistently in the Middle Ages. Spelling variations of the name McNealy dating from that time include McNally, McAnully, McAnalley, McAnally and others.

Early Notables of the McNealy family (pre 1700)

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McNealy migration to the United States

The 19th century saw a great wave of Irish families leaving Ireland for the distant shores of North America and Australia. These families often left their homeland hungry, penniless, and destitute do to the policies of England. Those Irish immigrants that survived the long sea passage initially settled on the eastern seaboard of the continent. Some, however, moved north to a then infant Canada as United Empire Loyalists after ironically serving with the English in the American War of Independence. Others that remained in America later joined the westward migration in search of land. The greatest influx of Irish immigrants, though, came to North America during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Thousands left Ireland at this time for North America, and those who arrived were immediately put to work building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. In fact, the foundations of today's powerful nations of the United Sates and Canada were to a larger degree built by the Irish. Archival documents indicate that members of the McNealy family relocated to North American shores quite early:

McNealy Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Jos McNealy, who landed in Mississippi in 1798 [1]
McNealy Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Andrew McNealy, who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1818 [1]
  • Mrs. McNealy, aged 58, who immigrated to the United States, in 1893
McNealy Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Millie McNealy, aged 38, who landed in America, in 1903
  • A. D. McNealy, aged 40, who immigrated to America, in 1903
  • Esther McNealy, aged 1, who landed in America, in 1908
  • Margaret McNealy, aged 24, who landed in America from Cloughbrook, Ireland, in 1908
  • Marie McNealy, aged 24, who settled in America, in 1908
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name McNealy (post 1700)

  • Christopher McNealy (b. 1992), American professional basketball player for Panionios, son of Chris McNealy
  • Christopher "Chris" McNealy (b. 1961), American former professional basketball player for the New York Knicks between 1985 and 1988
  • Maverick McNealy (b. 1995), American professional golfer, recipient of the Haskins Award (2015), Mark H. McCormack Medal (2016) and the Ben Hogan Award (2017), son of Scott McNealy
  • Scott McNealy (b. 1954), American business executive, co-founder of Sun Microsystems in 1982
  • Robert J. McNealy (b. 1907), American Democrat politician, U.S. Attorney for the 4th District of Alaska Territory, 1952-53:Delegate to Alaska State Constitutional Convention, 1955-56
  • Robert McNealy, American politician, Mayor of Trenton, New Jersey, 1814-32
  • Kenneth C. McNealy (b. 1943), American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1988; Candidate for U.S. Representative from Michigan 14th District, 1988, 1990
  • Robert "Rusty" Lee McNealy (b. 1958), retired Major League Baseball designated hitter and outfielder

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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)
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