Mullaly History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the Mullaly family

The surname Mullaly 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 Mullaly family

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

Mullaly 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 Mullaly were encountered in the archives: Lally, Lalley, Mulally, O'Mulally, O'Lally and others.

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

Mullaly migration to the United States

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 Mullaly name:

Mullaly Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Mullaly, aged 45, who landed in America from Ireland, in 1893
Mullaly Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Jane Mullaly, aged 18, who settled in America from Ballinalee, Ireland, in 1908
  • Celia Mullaly, aged 3, who landed in America from Rathdowney, Ireland, in 1909
  • Hannah Mullaly, aged 5, who immigrated to the United States from Rathdowney, Ireland, in 1909
  • John Mullaly, aged 9, who immigrated to the United States from Rathdowney, Ireland, in 1909
  • James Mullaly, aged 38, who landed in America from Sandymount, Ireland, in 1910
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Mullaly migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Mullaly Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • John Mullaly, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1833

Mullaly migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Mullaly Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Bridget Mullaly, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Glentanner"

Contemporary Notables of the name Mullaly (post 1700)

  • Joseph Mullaly (d. 1906), American brickmaker and politician in Los Angeles, California
  • John Mullaly (1835-1915), American newspaper reporter and editor, but better known as the Father of the Bronx park system, eponym of Mullaly Park in The Bronx
  • Richard T. "Dick" Mullaly (b. 1892), Australian rules footballer who played for South Melbourne (1912-1917)
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