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Origin and popularity of the name o'MALLEY


O'Malley : Irish (Mayo and Galway): Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Máille. This is of uncertain derivation. Woulfe suggests a Celtic source maglios ‘prince champion poet’. There is a Gaelic adjective mall ‘slow stately’ and another málla meaning ‘sedate pleasant’ and an abstract noun máille ‘stateliness’; the source could be any of these.


Source : DAFN2 : Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, ©2022 by Patrick Hanks and Oxford University Press
FANBI : The Oxford Dictionary if Family Names in Britain and Ireland, ©2016, University of the West of England

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