Many Irish names are English translations of Gaelic names. The name Skaly was a translation of the Gaelic name O Scolaidhe, which means student.
from very early times.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Skaly research.Another 149 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 117 and 1172 are included under the topic Early Skaly History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
In the days before Gaelic or English gained any significant semblance of standardization, the scribes who created documents simply recorded names as they sounded. Consequently, in the Middle Ages many people were recorded under different spellings each time their name was written down. Research into the Skaly family history revealed numerous spelling variations
of the name, including Scully, Scally, O'Scully and others.
Often leaving from racial discrimination and colonial oppression, thousands of families left Ireland
in the 19th century for North America aboard passenger ships. Many early immigrants found a plot of land to call their own, something unimaginable for most Irish families
. Those that arrived later were often accommodated as laborers since there was a large demand for cheap labor. This was the fate for many of the families that arrived in North America during the Great Potato Famine
of the late 1840s. Whether they became agrarian settlers or industrial workers, the Irish that came to North America were invaluable for rapid development of the infant nations of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Irish name Skaly or a variant listed above: 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..