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Many Irish names are English translations of Gaelic names. The name Scully was a translation of the Gaelic name O Scolaidhe, which means student.

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During the Middle Ages, a person's name was often recorded under several spelling variations during a single lifetime because it was essentially up to the individual scribe's discretion as to how to record an individual's name. Research into the name Scully revealed many variations, including Scully, Scally, O'Scully and others.

First found in county Westmeath (Irish: An Iarmhí) in the Irish Midlands, province of Leinster, where they held a family seat from very early times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Scully research. Another 149 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 117 and 1172 are included under the topic Early Scully History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Scully Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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The 19th century brought a massive reduction in Ireland's population. It seemed that during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s the Irish people had two options: starve or immigrate. Those that chose the later frequently headed for the United States, hopeful for land, work, and equality. Those determined for free land joined the migration west; while others stayed behind to live in urban centers and often work in factories. Still others began a transitory life in work camps, building the bridges, canals, railways, and highways so critical to the rapidly development of the growing industrial nation. Early passenger and immigration lists have shown many early immigrants bearing the name Scully:

Scully Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Ben, Edward, John, Joseph, Martin, Mathew, Michael, Owen, Patrick, Peter, Thomas, and William Scully all arrived in Philadelphia between 1800 and 1870
  • John Sullivan Scully, aged 35, arrived in New York, NY in 1803
  • Dennis Sullivan Scully, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1809
  • Terence Scully, aged 31, landed in Missouri in 1842
  • Peter Scully, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844


Scully Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Bridget Scully, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1826
  • Matthew Scully, aged 29, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Sea Horse" in 1833
  • Michael Scully, aged 23, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1834 aboard the brig "Breeze" from Dublin
  • Dennis Scully, aged 24, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1834 aboard the brig "Breeze" from Dublin
  • Judith Scully, aged 27, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1834 aboard the brig "Breeze" from Dublin


Scully Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • James Scully, a tailor, arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Eliza Scully arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Trafalgar" in 1847
  • John Scully, aged 18, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Marion" in 1849
  • Elizabeth Scully, aged 20, a farm servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Grand Trianon"
  • Margaret Scully, aged 24, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Warren Hastings"


Scully Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Michael Scully, aged 20, a farm labourer, arrived in Bluff, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oamaru" in 1878
  • Bridget Scully, aged 24, arrived in Bluff, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oamaru" in 1878
  • Thomas Scully, aged 10 mths., arrived in Bluff, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oamaru" in 1878
  • John Scully, aged 18, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ionic" in 1884

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  • Rock Scully (1941-2014), American manager of the rock band the Grateful Dead from 1965 to 1985
  • "Iceman" John Scully (b. 1967), American former world-ranked professional light heavyweightboxer
  • John Scully (b. 1958), former American college and professional football
  • John Scully (1844-1917), American Roman Catholic priest and President of Fordham University
  • Steven L. Scully (b. 1960), American senior executive producer and political editor for the C-SPAN television network
  • Brian Scully, American Primetime Emmy Award winniing television writer and producer
  • Blaine Scully (b. 1988), American rugby union football player
  • Sean Scully (b. 1945), Irish-born American two-time Turner Prize nominated painter and printmaker
  • Marlan Scully, American theoretical physicist best known for his work in quantum optics
  • Vincent Scully, American art historian

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  1. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  2. Read, Charles Anderson. The Cabinet of Irish Literature Selections from the Works of the Chief Poets, Orators and Prose Writers of Ireland 4 Volumes. London: Blackie and Son, 1884. Print.
  3. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1978. Print.
  4. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
  5. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. MacLysaght, Edward. Mores Irish Familes. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0).
  7. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
  8. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
  9. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
  10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
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The Scully Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Scully Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 14 October 2015 at 11:29.

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