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The ancestors of the Mealy family come from the ancient Scottish kingdom of Dalriada. Their surname comes from the personal name Neil. The Gaelic form Mac Neill translates as son of Neil.

Mealy Early Origins



The surname Mealy was first found in on the islands of Barra, Gigha, Colonsay, and Oronsay. According to traditional records in 1049, Niall, a direct descendent of King Niall of the Nine Hostages, landed in Barra and founded the Clan MacNeill of Barra. However, another kinsman, some believe to be the younger brother of Niall named Anrothan, married a Princess of the Dalriadans, an ancient race from which sprang most of the early Scottish Kings. Legend has it that Anrothan started the MacNeill house of Colonsay through his son Torquil of Taynish. This latter branch acquired the lands of Gigha, Colonsay and Oronsay, beyond the Firth of Lorne. For the next two centuries it appears as though these two great houses were developing independently of one another.

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Mealy Spelling Variations


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Mealy Spelling Variations



Medieval spelling was at best an intuitive process, and translation between Gaelic and English was no more effective. These factors caused an enormous number of spelling variations in Dalriadan names. In fact, it was not uncommon to see a father and son who spelled their name differently. Over the years, Mealy has been spelled MacNeil, MacNeill, MacNeal, MacNeilage, MacNeale, MacNeall, MacNeille, MacNeel, MacNiel, MacGreal, Mcneil, Mcneill, McNeal, Mcneal, Mcneall and many more.

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Mealy Early History


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Mealy Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mealy research. Another 721 words (52 lines of text) covering the years 1590, 1730, 1370, 1380, 1526, 1562, 1640, 1631, 1640, 1612, 1613 and 1686 are included under the topic Early Mealy History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Mealy Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Mealy Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable amongst the Clan from early times was Nigel M'Nele, Laird of Blarekanne c. 1370-1380; Alexander Makneyll, a notary public in Edinburgh in 1526; Richard Neile (1562-1640) was an English churchman, Archbishop...

Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Mealy Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Mealy In Ireland


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Mealy In Ireland



Some of the Mealy family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 157 words (11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Settlers from Scotland put down roots in communities all along the east coast of North Ameri ca. Some moved north from the American colonies to Canada as United Empire Loyalists during the American War of Independence. As Clan societies and highland games started in North America in the 20th century many Scots rediscovered parts of their heritage. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Mealy were among those contributors:

Mealy Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Kath Mealy, who arrived in Virginia in 1654
  • Bryan Mealy, who landed in Maryland in 1680

Mealy Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Walter Mealy, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746
  • Edward Mealy, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1776

Mealy Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James Mealy, who arrived in America in 1807
  • Joanna Mealy, aged 33, landed in Massachusetts in 1812
  • John Mealy, aged 18, landed in New York, NY in 1812
  • Mary Mealy, aged 34, landed in Mobile, Ala in 1850
  • Michael Mealy, aged 20, landed in New York in 1854
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Mealy Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Joseph Mealy, aged 35, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Lord Raglan"
  • Dennis Mealy, aged 28, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Sea Park"
  • Bridget Mealy, aged 19, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Agincourt"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Mealy (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Mealy (post 1700)



  • Darlene Mealy, American politician, Member of the New York City Council (2006-)
  • Robert Mealy, American teacher of baroque violin at the Yale School of Music and the Department of Music of Yale University
  • Edward A. Mealy, American politician, Delegate to New York State Constitutional Convention 28th District, 1915

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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Vincere vel mori
Motto Translation: To conquer or die.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    2. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Socts Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Modern Application of the Art of Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
    3. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    4. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    5. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
    6. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    7. Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
    8. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    9. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
    10. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
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    The Mealy Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Mealy Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 4 November 2015 at 10:02.

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