Molly History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the Molly family

The surname Molly 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 Molly family

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Molly Spelling Variations

Pronunciation, rather than spelling, guided scribes and church officials when recording names during the Middle Ages. This practice often resulted in one person's name being recorded under several different spellings. Numerous spelling variations of the surname Molly are preserved in these old documents. The various spellings of the name that were found include Malley, Mallay, Mally, O'Mally, Mailley, O'Malley, O'Mailey, Mailey, Maley, Mealey, Mealley, Meally and many more.

Early Notables of the Molly family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Molly family

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 due 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 States and Canada were to a larger degree built by the Irish. Archival documents indicate that members of the Molly family relocated to North American shores quite early: Anthony Mally who settled in Philadelphia in 1854; Michael, William, Anthony, Hugh, John, Patrick, and Thomas Malley, who all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860.

Contemporary Notables of the name Molly (post 1700) +

  • E. H. Molly, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for Presidential Elector for Pennsylvania, 1916 [2]
  • Patricia Molly Owens (1925-2000), Canadian-born American actress who appeared in 40 films, she starred in one of the episodes of Alfred Hitchcock Presents
  • Mary Molly Kovac, American politician, Socialist Labor Candidate for Presidential Elector for California, 1972 [3]
  • Molly Jepson, American actress
  • Molly Frances Conlin, English actress, known for EastEnders (1985), The Omid Djalili Show (2007) and Blandings (2013)
  • Molly O'Bryan Vandemoer (b. 1979), American two-time gold medalist sailor who competed in the 2012 Summer Olympics
  • Molly Lazechko, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Idaho, 1996 [4]
  • Molly Malone (1888-1952), stage name of Violet Elizabeth Malone, an American actress of the silent era who appeared in 86 films between 1916 and 1929, she took the name from the popular song so named, so popular that it is the unofficial anthem of Dublin
  • Molly McCloskey (b. 1964), American writer living in Ireland, winner of the RTÉ Francis MacManus Award (1995) and the inaugural Fish Short Story Prize (1996)
  • Molly Peters (1942-2017), English actress best known for her role in the James Bond film Thunderball

  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
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 19) . Retrieved from
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 6) . Retrieved from
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 28) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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