O'Maley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname O'Maley originally appeared in Gaelic as "O Maille."

Early Origins of the O'Maley family

The surname O'Maley 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.

Important Dates for the O'Maley family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our O'Maley research. Another 44 words (3 lines of text) covering the years 1503, 1603, 1760, 1843, and 1854 are included under the topic Early O'Maley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

O'Maley 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 O'Maley were encountered in the archives: Malley, Mallay, Mally, O'Mally, Mailley, O'Malley, O'Mailey, Mailey, Maley, Mealey, Mealley, Meally and many more.

Early Notables of the O'Maley family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the O'Maley family

Death and immigration greatly reduced Ireland's population in the 19th century. For the native Irish people poverty, hunger, and racial prejudice was common. Therefore, thousands left their homeland to seek opportunity in North America. Those who survived the journey and the quarantine camps to which they arrived, were instrumental towards building the strong developing nations of the United States and the future Canada. By far, the largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. These were employed as construction or factory workers. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has shown early immigrants bearing the name O'Maley: 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 O'Maley (post 1700)

  • George T. O'Maley, American businessman from Kansas City, Missouri, husband of Patricia Ellis, the American film actress of the 1930s

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