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Origin and popularity of the name MCHALE


McHale : Irish (Mayo):: 1: Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Céile or more often Mac Chéile a patronymic from the byname Céile ‘companion client’. This was the surname of a Mayo family tenants of church lands. Originally the final -e would have been pronounced.2: Anglicized form of Mac Haol ‘son of Haol’ a Gaelicized form of Welsh Hywel (see Howell) which was adopted by a Welsh family of this name who settled in County Mayo.


Source : DAFN2 : Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, ©2022 by Patrick Hanks and Oxford University Press
FANBI : The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain, ©2021, University of the West of England

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