Origin of the Name Miskelly
family history was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. The name Miskelly is distinct from the name Miskell and its many variants including Mescall, Mescal and Miscella. Unlike Miskell which is most associated with Munster Province the name Miskelly is most associated with County Antrim in Ulster Province. This name is derived from the Gaelic MacScalaidhe sept that originated in Counties Roscommon and Westmeath. This Gaelic sept name is likely derived from the word 'scolaidhe' which means 'student'.
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.
When Gaelic names were anglicized during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries they were often changed to Anglo equivalents that sounded most like their original Gaelic name. This ancient name was thus anglicized as Miskelly, MacScally and Scally.
The Miskelly 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 Miskelly descendants.