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The Irish name Molloy was originally written in a Gaelic form as O Maolmhuaidh, which is derived from the word "muadh," which has the dual meaning of "noble" and "big and soft."
The surname Molloy was first found in County Offaly
(Irish: Uíbh Fháilí) originally the Kingdom of Uí Failghe, located in central Ireland
in the Province of Leinster
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Many spelling variations of the surname Molloy can be found in the archives. One reason for these variations is that ancient scribes and church officials recorded names as they were pronounced, often resulting in a single person being recorded under several different spellings. The different spellings that were found include Molloy, Mulloy, Miley, O'Molloy, O'Mulloy, Mullee and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Molloy research. Another 297 words (21 lines of text) covering the year 1110 is included under the topic Early Molloy History in all our PDF Extended History products
and printed products wherever possible.
Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Molloy Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
and printed products wherever possible. Irish families
left their homeland in astonishing numbers during the 19th century in search of a better life. Although individual reasons vary, most of these Irish families
suffered from extreme poverty, lack of work opportunities, and exorbitant rents in their homeland. Many decided to travel to Australia
or North America in the hopes of finding greater opportunities and land. The Irish immigrants that came to North America initially settled on the East Coast, often in major centers such as Boston or New York. But like the many other cultures to settle in North America, the Irish traveled to almost any region they felt held greater promise; as a result, many Irish with gold fever moved all the way out to the Pacific coast. Others before that time left for land along the St. Lawrence River and the Niagara Peninsula, or the Maritimes as United Empire Loyalists, for many Irish did choose to side with the English during the American War of Independence
. The earliest wave of Irish migration, however, occurred during the Great Potato Famine
of the 1840s. An examination of early immigration and passenger lists has revealed many people bearing the Molloy name:
Molloy Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Charles Molloy, who came to Boston in 1725
- Thomas Molloy, who landed in America in 1765
Molloy Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Cornelius Molloy, who came to Philadelphia in 1808
- Daniel Molloy, a British Alien on record in Maine in 1812
- Daniel Molloy, aged 22, landed in Maine in 1812
- Patrick Molloy, who arrived in New York, NY in 1815
- William Molloy, aged 25, landed in Mobile, Ala in 1849
Molloy Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Arthur Molloy, who settled in Nova Scotia in 1750
- Arthur Molloy, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
- Jane Molloy, who arrived in Quebec in 1798
Molloy Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Bridget Molloy, who arrived in Quebec in 1810
- John Molloy, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1819
- Bridget Molloy, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1825
- Bridget Molloy, who settled in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1825
- Mary Molloy, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1826
Molloy Settlers in Australia in the 18th Century
- Captain John Molloy (circa 1789-1867) was an early settler of Western Australia, one of the original settlers of Augusta
Molloy Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Bridget Molloy arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Abberton" in 1846
- Mary Molloy, aged 21, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hydaspes" in 1851
- Mary Molloy, aged 21, a dairymaid, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Hydaspes"
- Michael Molloy, aged 32, a farm labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Sea Park"
- Margaret Molloy, aged 28, a cook, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Epaminondas"
Molloy Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- John Molloy, aged 24, a farm labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Parsee" in 1873
- Teresa Molloy, aged 20, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Parsee" in 1873
- John Molloy, aged 21, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jubilee" in 1873
- Mary Molloy, aged 23, a housemaid, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jubilee" in 1873
- Ellen Molloy, aged 21, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Warwick" in 1879
- Thomas Edmund Molloy (1885-1956), American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church, Bishop of Brooklyn (1921 until his death in 1956)
- Thomas J. Molloy, American Republican politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Hartford, 1912
- Thomas N. Molloy, American politician, U.S. Consul in SAINT John's, 1884
- Tom J. Molloy, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Joplin, Missouri, 1947-68 (acting, 1947-49)
- William A. Molloy, American Democrat politician, Member of New Hampshire Governor's Council 4th District, 1941-43; Defeated, 1938
- Thomas H. Molloy, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Connecticut, 1908
- Thomas F. Molloy (b. 1857), American Democrat politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Derby, 1917-34
- Patrick J. Molloy, American politician, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky, 1977-81; U.S. Attorney for Idaho, 1993
- Michael Molloy, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 2008
- Josephine R. Molloy, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Connecticut, 1936
- Mr. Robert J. Molloy, English 3rd Class passenger from England, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
- Miss Margaret Molloy, Irish 2nd Class passenger residing in New York, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
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:
Malo mori quam foedariMotto Translation:
I would rather die than be disgraced.
- Hickey, D.J. and J.E. Doherty. A New Dictionary of Irish History form 1800 2nd Edition. Dublin: Gil & MacMillian, 2003. Print.
- Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
- Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
- Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
- Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
- Fitzgerald, Thomas W. Ireland and Her People A Library of Irish Biography 5 Volumes. Chicago: Fitzgerald. Print.
- Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
- Vicars, Sir Arthur. Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
- Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
- Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
The Molloy Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Molloy 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.
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