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Where did the Irish McCale family come from? What is the Irish McCale family crest and coat of arms? When did the McCale family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the McCale family history?The Gaelic name used by the McCale family in ancient Ireland was Mac Ciele, which is derived from the word ciele, which means companion.
Names during the Middle Ages were often recorded under several different spelling variations during the life of their bearers. Literacy was rare at that time and so how a person's name was recorded was decided by the individual scribe. Variations of the name McCale include MacHale, McHale, MacHail, McHail, McCale, MacCale and others.
First found in County Mayo, from before the 12th century.
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Many destitute Irish families in the 18th and 19th centuries decided to leave their homeland, which had in many ways been scarred by English colonial rule. One of the most frequent destinations for these families was North America where it was possible for an Irish family to own their own parcel of land. Many of the early settlers did find land awaiting them in British North America, or even later in America, but for the majority of immigrants that arrived as a result of the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s the ownership of land was often a long way off. These Irish people were initially put to work on such industrial projects as the building of bridges, canals, and railroads, or they worked at manufacturing positions within factories. Whenever they arrived, the Irish made enormous contributions to the infant nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the earliest immigrants to bearer the name of McCale were found through extensive research of immigration and passenger lists:
McCale Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
The McCale Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McCale 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.
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