Meally History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Meally originally appeared in Gaelic as "O Maille."

Early Origins of the Meally family

The surname Meally was first found in County Mayo (Irish: Maigh Eo) located on the West coast of the Republic of Ireland in the province of Connacht, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

"The O'Malley's were celebrated Chiefs whose territory comprised the present Baronies of Murrisk and Burrishoole in the County Mayo. The Malleys and O'Malleys are now located principally in the two baronies named, and in that of Erris, in County Mayo. " [1]

Early History of the Meally family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Meally research. Another 44 words (3 lines of text) covering the years 1503, 1603, 1760, 1854 and 1843 are included under the topic Early Meally History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Meally Spelling Variations

Names from the Middle Ages demonstrate many spelling variations. This is because the recording scribe or church official often decided as to how a person's name was spelt and in what language. Research into the name Meally revealed many variations, including Malley, Mallay, Mally, O'Mally, Mailley, O'Malley, O'Mailey, Mailey, Maley, Mealey, Mealley, Meally and many more.

Early Notables of the Meally family (pre 1700)

Another 44 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Meally Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Australia Meally migration to Australia +

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

Meally Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Meally (aged 21), a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Aurora"
  • Michael Meally (aged 18), a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Aurora"
  • William Meally (aged 16), a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Aurora"
  • Lot Meally (aged 40), a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Gomelza"
  • Wllen Meally (aged 14), a nursery maid, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Gomelza"


  1. ^ Matheson, Robert E., Special Report on Surnames in Ireland with Notes as to Numeric Strength, Derivation, Ethnology, and Distribution. Dublin: Alexander Thom & Co., 1894. Print


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