Ó Máille

Rev Patrick Woulfe

Ó MÁILLE—IO Mailie, O Mallie, O Mally, O Maely, O'Malley, O'Meally, O'Mealy, Malley, Meally, Mealley, Melly, Melia, &c.; 'descendant of Máille' (perhaps Old Celtic Maglios, chief); the name (1) of a Connacht family who were chiefs of the two Umhalls, now the baronies of Burrishoole and Murresk, in the west of Co. Mayo, and were particularly celebrated as naval commanders, being called the Manannans, or sea-gods, of the western ocean, and having a considerable fleet always under their command; and (2) of a Thomond family who were chiefs of Tuath Luimnigh, a district in the neighbourhood of the city of Limerick. Ó Máille is often strangely anglicised Melia in Connacht, which may be explained on the supposition that Ó Maele was formerly a popular variant. Ó Maele was in use in the 10th century in Conmaicne.

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