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Melly Family History

Recorded in many forms including Malley, Mailey, Meally, Melley, Melly, Melia, Millie, Milley, Mylie, Mulley, this is an Anglo-Irish surname. If Irish it derives from the pre 10th century Gaelic O' Maille, meaning the male descendant of the prince, although who the prince was is not proven. This great clan belonged exclusively to County Mayo, and they held sway over the baronies of Burrishoole and Murrisk in that county. Many members were renowned for their prowess at sea which is encapsulated in their motto, "Terra marique potens" meaning "Powerful by land and sea".

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Michael Francis Melly

My name is Mike Melly and I am a first generation Irish American. My father was also Mike Melly and he was born in Lettermacaward (Leitir) County Donegal. My mother, Breda Sugrue, was born in Waterville County Kerry. I am interested in learning more about the Melly name, it's origins and if their is a Melly Clan group that I can participate in. My research has shown that we may be part of the O'Malley (O'Maille) clan that originated from Co Mayo. When researching my family name I learned that Melly was the Anglicized form of the Gaelic name O'Mealligh. I am looking forward to anything I can learn about that Melly name.


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