Origin of the Name MacCauley
The origin of the name MacCauley
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Over the centuries Surnames developed a wide number of variants. Different spellings of the same name can be traced back to an original root. Additionally when a bearer of a name emigrated it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books at their new location. Surnames were also often altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another.
Variants of the name McCauley
include McAlley, McAllay, McAuley, McAully, McCally, McCaulay and McCauly. The Chief seat of these families was at Ardincaple, in Row, Dunbartonshire in Scotland . Ardincaple was built in the twelfth century. At one time they dwelt in Kintail, and may have been a branch of the Lennox family. It is said the original name was Ardincaples of Lennox, until they took the name of a Chief called Aulay. Aulay is mentioned in various charters by Malduin, Earl of Lennox, whose death took place at the beginning of the reign of Alexander III. Aulay was the Earl's brother. His son and successor, Duncan, a Knight, is also named in the Earl's charters. Subsequently, in 1587, Sir Aulay MacAulay is enrolled as among the Chief vassals of the Earl of Lennox. In Ireland these names are derived from the Gaelic Mac Amhalghaidh sept of Counties Offaly and Westmeath and from the Mac Amhlaoibh sept of Fermanagh.
A sept or clan is a collective term describing a group of persons whose immediate ancestors bore a common surname and inhabited the same territory. Irish septs and clans that are related often belong to even larger groups, sometimes called tribes.
The MacCauley coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all MacCauley descendants.