Many Irish names are English translations of Gaelic names. The name Skholy was a translation of the Gaelic name O Scolaidhe, which means student.
Early Origins of the Skholy family
The surname Skholy 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 Skholy family
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Skholy Spelling Variations
Pronunciation, rather than spelling, was what guided scribes and church officials in recording names, a practice that often led to the misleading result of one person's name being recorded under several different spellings. Numerous spelling variations
of the surname Skholy are preserved in documents that were examined for evidence of the family's history. The various spellings of Skholy included Scully, Scally, O'Scully and others.
Early Notables of the Skholy family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Skholy family to the New World and Oceana
, as an English-controlled colony in the 19th century, suffered the loss of hundreds of thousands of its native people. The system of land ownership often did not sufficiently provide for the tenants who farmed the land. This was most clearly evidenced in the Great Potato Famine
of the 1840s. Previous years of great demand for grain products and livestock had run the land down. Many landowners foreseeing an upcoming crisis often removed families from the land or forced them to rely on pityfully small plots where only a subsistence living could be made. When the famines of 1845, 46, and 48 hit, many had nothing. Disease and starvation became widespread and families boarded ships for elsewhere any way they could. Those who went to America were instrumental in developing the industrial power known today: many Irish were employed in hard labor positions in factories and in building the bridges, canals, roads, and railways necessary for a strong industrial nation. Research of early immigration and passenger lists has shown that many bearers of the name Skholy: 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..