McAuley (surname)

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McAuley
Gender Unisex
Language(s) English
Origin
Language(s) Irish (Ir), Scottish Gaelic (SG)
Word/Name 1. MacAmhalghaidh (SG), Mac Amhalghaidh (Ir)
2. MacAmhlaibh (SG), MacAmhlaidh (SG), Mac Amhlaoibh (Ir)
Other names
Variant(s) MacAuley, Macauley

McAuley, MacAuley, and Macauley are surnames in the English language. There are several etymological origins for the names: all of which originated as patronyms in several Gaelic languagesIrish and Scottish Gaelic. Although the English-language surnames are ultimately derived from Gaelic patronyms, the English-language surnames, and the modern Gaelic-language forms do not refer to the actual name of the bearer's father. The English-language surnames are generally popular in certain parts of Ireland—both in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. In the United States of America, the surnames are not very common, and McAuley is a much more common surname than MacAuley and Macauley combined.

Etymology[edit]

In some cases, the surnames are derived from the Scottish Gaelic MacAmhalghaidh, and Irish Mac Amhalghaidh.[1][2][3] These Gaelic surnames translates into English as "son of Amhalghaidh"[4] or "son of Amhalghadh".[5] The Gaelic surnames originated as a patronyms, however they no longer refer to the actual names of the bearer's father's. The personal name Amhalghaidh (also spelt Amhalghadh) is an old Gaelic name, and its etymological origin and meaning are uncertain.[5]

In other cases, the surnames are derived from the Scottish Gaelic MacAmhlaibh or MacAmhlaidh,[3] or the Irish Mac Amhlaoibh.[1][2] These surnames translate into English as "son of Amhlaibh"; "son of Amhladh" or "son of Amhlaidh"; and "son of Amhlaoibh". The surnames originated as a patronyms, however they no longer refer to the actual name of the bearer's father. The names Amhlaibh, Amhladh, Amhlaidh, and Amhlaoibh are Gaelic derivatives of the Old Norse personal names Áleifr and Óláfr.[1]

Distribution[edit]

Ireland (including the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland)[edit]

In Ireland, the surnames are very common in the province of Ulster; they are also common in Dublin, in the Republic of Ireland.[2]

United States of America[edit]

In 1990, the United States Census Bureau undertook a study of the 1990 United States Census, and released a sample of data concerning the most common names.[6] According to this sample of 6.3 million people (who had 88,799 unique last names),[7] "MACAULEY" (including MacAuley and Macauley) ranked 20,117th most common last name, and was borne by 0.000 percent of the population sample. "MCAULEY" (McAuley) was much more common; it ranked 7,139th most common last name, and was borne by 0.002 percent of the population sample.[8] Within the 2000 United States Census, "MACAULEY" was the 15,676th most common last name, with 1,711 occurrences. "MCAULEY" was the 7,765th most common last name, with 3,946 occurrences.[9] The table below shows data concerning racial-ethnic aspects of the surnames in the 2000 United States Census.

Name Percent White only Percent Black only Percent Asian and Pacific Islander only Percent American Indian and Alaskan Native only Percent Two or more races Percent Hispanic
MACAULEY[9]
83.87
10.87
1.17
0.41
2.4
1.29
MCAULEY[9]
87.63
8.84
0.48
0.35
1.09
1.6

Scotland[edit]

McAuley, MacAuley, and Macauley were not amongst the 100 most common surnames recorded in birth, death, and marriage registers in Scotland, in 1995.[10] None of the surnames ranked amongst the 100 most common surnames recorded in birth, death, and marriage registrations in the combined years of 1999, 2000, and 2001.[11] None of the surnames ranked amongst the most common surnames recorded in Scotland, in the United Kingdom Census 1901.[12]

People with the surname[edit]

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  • Ed Macauley, (1928–2011), American, professional basketball player known by the nickname "Easy Ed Macauley".
  • James Macauley, (born 1889), Irish, professional footballer.
  • Robie Macauley, (1919–1995), American, writer and editor.
  • Steve Macauley, (born 1969), English, professional footballer.
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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Learn about the family history of your surname, Ancestry.com, retrieved 17 December 2010 , which cited: Dictionary of American Family Names, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-508137-4 , for the surnames "MacAuley", "McAuley", "McCauley".
  2. ^ a b c Irish Ancestors, Irishtimes.com (www.irishtimes.com), retrieved 4 January 2011 , which cited: de Bhulbh, Seán (1997), Sloinnte na hÉireann - Irish Surnames, Comharchumann Íde Naofa , for the surname "Macauley".
  3. ^ a b Reaney, Percy Hilde; Wilson, Richard Middlewood (2006), A Dictionary of English Surnames (3rd ed.), London: Routledge, p. 2034, ISBN 0-203-99355-1  .
  4. ^ Mac Amhalghadha, Mac Amhalghaidh, Library Ireland (www.libraryireland.com), retrieved 19 December 2010 , which is a transcription of: Woulfe, Patrick (1923), Irish Names and Surnames .
  5. ^ a b Learn about the family history of your surname, Ancestry.com, retrieved 20 December 2010 , which cited: Dictionary of American Family Names, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-508137-4 , for the surname "McCauley".
  6. ^ Genealogy Data: Frequently Occurring Surnames from Census 1990 – Names Files, United States Census Bureau (www.census.gov), retrieved 7 January 2011 
  7. ^ Documentation and Methodology for Frequently Occurring Names in the U.S. (txt), United States Census Bureau (www.census.gov), retrieved 7 January 2011 
  8. ^ dist.all.last (txt), United States Census Bureau (www.census.gov), retrieved 7 January 2011 
  9. ^ a b c Genealogy Data: Frequently Occurring Surnames from Census 2000, United States Census Bureau (www.census.gov), retrieved 7 January 2011 .
  10. ^ 100 Most Common Surnames, General Register Office for Scotland (www.gro-scotland.gov.uk), retrieved 10 January 2011 .
  11. ^ Bowie, Neil; Jackson, G.W.L. (2003), Surnames in Scotland over the last 140 years, General Register Office for Scotland (www.gro-scotland.gov.uk), retrieved 10 January 2011 , and see also: Table A1: Top 100 Surnames in Scotland: 1999/2000/2001 (PDF), General Register Office for Scotland (www.gro-scotland.gov.uk), retrieved 10 January 2011 .
  12. ^ Bowie, Neil; Jackson, G.W.L. (2003), Surnames in Scotland over the last 140 years, General Register Office for Scotland (www.gro-scotland.gov.uk), retrieved 10 January 2011 , and see also: Table A5: Rank of the Top 300 Surnames in Alphabetical Order, 1901 Census (PDF), General Register Office for Scotland (www.gro-scotland.gov.uk), retrieved 10 January 2011 .