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PJ Roberts (24.113.31.224)
Posted on Friday, April 13, 2001 - 12:20 am:   Edit Post Print Post

I am putting together a McNally Cookbook for our family and would love to show the name in Gaelic on the cover - I saw the Gaelic version years ago, something like MacanFlailhigh? (the family originally came from County Antrim in 1926) Any help is much appreciated.

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Seosamh (1cust233.tnt11.nyc3.da.uu.net - 63.23.134.233)
Posted on Friday, April 13, 2001 - 02:19 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

Mac an Fhailghigh is what you saw, so you have a pretty good memory. But it's a good thing you mentioned where your family came from. McNally has a different origin in Eastern Ulster. There, the original Irish surname is Mac Con Uladh (or, Mac Con Ulaidh), translated in MacLysaght as 'son of the hound of Ulidia (eastern part of Ulster)'. That harkens back to the old hero tales. And it's a lot better than Mac an Fhailghigh, which might (they're not entirely sure) mean 'son of the poor man'.

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