Mullaley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The original Gaelic form of Mullaley was "O Maolalaidh," which may be derived from "aladh," which means "speckled."

Early Origins of the Mullaley family

The surname Mullaley was first found in Connacht (Irish: Connachta, (land of the) descendants of Conn), where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Important Dates for the Mullaley family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mullaley 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 Mullaley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Mullaley Spelling Variations

Many spelling variations of the surname Mullaley 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 Lally, Lalley, Mulally, O'Mulally, O'Lally and others.

Early Notables of the Mullaley 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 Mullaley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Mullaley family

A great mass of Ireland's native population left the island in the 19th century, seeking relief from various forms of social, religious, and economic discrimination. This Irish exodus was primarily to North America. If the migrants survived the long ocean journey, many unfortunately would find more discrimination in the colonies of British North America and the fledgling United States of America. These newly arrived Irish were, however, wanted as a cheap source of labor for the many large agricultural and industrial projects that were essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest nations in the western world. Early immigration and passenger lists indicate many people bearing the Mullaley name: John Lally settled in Virginia in 1764; Patrick, James, John, Michael and William Lally all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860.

Contemporary Notables of the name Mullaley (post 1700)

  • Dr. Michelle Mullaley, American psychologist at the Bridges Therapy and Wellness Center, Fairfax, Virginia
  • Jo Mullaley, Australian head of marketing for ABC Television
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