Where did the Irish MacAuliffe family come from? What is the Irish coat of arms/family crest? When did the MacAuliffe family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the history of the family name?
The name MacAuliffe has undergone many variations in the time that has passed since its genesis. In Gaelic it appeared as Mac Amhlaoibh, which denotes a son of Auliffe or a son of Humphrey.
The recording of names in Ireland in the Middle Ages was an inconsistent endeavor at best. The standardized literary languages of today were not yet reached and the general citizenry was illiterate. Research into the name MacAuliffe revealed spelling variations, including MacAuliffe, MacCauliffe and others.
First found in county Cork where they held a family seat from ancient times.
Some of the first settlers of this name or some of its variants were: William MacCauliffe settled in Philadelphia in 1840; James, Joanna, Margaret and Norry MacAuliff settled in Boston Mass in 1849; Cornelius, Denis, Michael, Patrick MacAuliffe all arrived in New York State in 1849
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Some noteworthy people of the name MacAuliffe
* Michael MacAuliffe (1841-1913), Irish colonial administrator
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