Skalley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Many Irish names are English translations of Gaelic names. The name Skalley was a translation of the Gaelic name O Scolaidhe, which means student.
Early Origins of the Skalley family
The surname Skalley was 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.
Early History of the Skalley family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Skalley research. Another 75 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 117 and 1172 are included under the topic Early Skalley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Skalley Spelling Variations
Irish names were rarely spelled with much consistency during the Middle Ages. As the many spelling variations of the name Skalley dating from that time attests: Scully, Scally, O'Scully and others.
Early Notables of the Skalley family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Skalley family
In the 18th and 19th centuries, hundreds of thousands of Irish immigrants landed on North American shores. Although many of them were merely looking for a free plot of land and living of their very own, many later immigrants were desperately fleeing an overcrowded land that did not have sufficient food for its inhabitants. The exodus from Ireland was greatest during the 1840s when the Great Potato Famine had stricken the island. Although this large influx of Irish was unpopular with the great majority of people already established within the major centers, these Irish were critical to the speedy development of the United States and those colonies that would eventually become known as Canada. These immigrants provided the cheap labor required to build modern roads, bridges, canals, and railways. Research of passenger and immigration lists has shown a number of immigrants to North America baring the name of Skalley: Peter, John, Martin and William Sculley all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1870; Ben, Edward, John, Joseph, Martin, Mathew, Michael, Owen, Patrick, Peter, Thomas, and William Scully all arrived in Philadelphia between 1800 and 1870..
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