McNolty History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Today's Irish surnames are underpinned by a multitude of rich histories. The name McNolty originally appeared in Gaelic as Mac an Ultaigh, which is derived from Ultach, which means Ulsterman.

Early Origins of the McNolty family

The surname McNolty was first found in County Donegal (Irish: Dún na nGall), northwest Ireland in the province of Ulster, sometimes referred to as County Tyrconnel, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the McNolty family

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McNolty Spelling Variations

Irish names were rarely spelled consistently in the Middle Ages. Spelling variations of the name McNolty dating from that time include McNulty, McAnulty, McNull and others.

Early Notables of the McNolty family (pre 1700)

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United States McNolty migration to the United States +

To escape the religious and political discrimination they experienced primarily at the hands of the English, thousands of Irish left their homeland in the 19th century. These migrants typically settled in communities throughout the East Coast of North America, but also joined the wagon trains moving out to the Midwest. Ironically, when the American War of Independence began, many Irish settlers took the side of England, and at the war's conclusion moved north to Canada. These United Empire Loyalists, were granted land along the St. Lawrence River and the Niagara Peninsula. Other Irish immigrants settled in Newfoundland, the Ottawa Valley, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. The greatest influx of Irish immigrants, however, came to North America during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Thousands left Ireland at this time for North America and Australia. Many of those numbers, however, did not live through the long sea passage. These Irish settlers to North America were immediately put to work building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. Irish settlers made an inestimable contribution to the building of the New World. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Irish name McNolty or a variant listed above, including:

McNolty Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Henry McNolty, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1847 [1]

Australia McNolty migration to Australia +

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

McNolty Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John McNolty, British Convict who was convicted in Stafford, Staffordshire, England for 10 years, transported aboard the "Dudbrook" on 17th November 1852, arriving in Western Australia [2]


  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. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 23rd July 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/dudbrook


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