Origin of the Name MacNulty
The origin of the name MacNulty
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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 McNulty
include Nulty and North. McNulty in Irish is Mac an Ultaigh which translates as 'son of the Ulster man', a settler from the North. The McNultys belong today as they have always done, to north-west Ulster , and to Donegal in particular, which claims to be the most Gaelic part of Ireland . As might be expected from the location of this sept they were overshadowed by the O'Donnells, but sometimes in association with them, as in the battle of Desertcreagh in 1281, when a McNulty was among the 'distinguished slain' there. They were opposed to the O'Donnells on the occasion in 1431 when the O'Donnells are recorded by the 'Four Masters' as making a predatory expedition against the McNultys of Tirhugh in Donegal. From nearby Derry came Frank Joseph McNulty, 1872-1926, an American labour leader, whose father Owen McNulty was a veteran of the Civil War. The form North indicates a person who arrived from the Northern Counties.
The MacNulty 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 MacNulty descendants.