The original Gaelic form of Mulalley was "O Maolalaidh," which may be derived from "aladh," which means "speckled."
Early Origins of the Mulalley family
The surname Mulalley was first found in Connacht
(Irish: Connachta, (land of the) descendants of Conn), where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Mulalley family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mulalley research.Another 120 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1558, 1572, 1595, 1691, 1702, and 1766 are included under the topic Early Mulalley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Mulalley Spelling Variations
The Middle Ages saw a great number of spelling variations
for surnames common to the Irish landscape. One reason for these variations is the fact that surnames were not rigidly fixed by this period. The following variations for the name Mulalley were encountered in the archives: Lally, Lalley, Mulally, O'Mulally, O'Lally and others.
Early Notables of the Mulalley family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family name at this time was William O'Mullaly, Dean of Tuam (1558-1572) and Archbishop of Tuam (1572-1595); Thomas Arthur Lally, Count Lally, Commander in Chief... Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Mulalley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Mulalley family to the New World and Oceana
In the 19th century, thousands of Irish left their English-occupied homeland for North America. Like most new world settlers, the Irish initially settled on the eastern shores of the continent but began to move westward with the promise of owning land. The height of this Irish migration came during the Great Potato Famine
of the late 1840s. With apparently nothing to lose, Irish people left on ships bound for North America and Australia
. Unfortunately a great many of these passengers lost their lives - the only thing many had left - to disease, starvation, and accidents during the long and dangerous journey. Those who did safely arrive in "the land of opportunities" were often used for the hard labor of building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. The Irish were critical to the quick development of the infrastructure of the United States and Canada. Passenger and immigration lists indicate that members of the Mulalley family came to North America quite early: John Lally settled in Virginia in 1764; Patrick, James, John, Michael and William Lally all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860.