Origin of the Name Scally
The ancient history of the name Scally
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives.
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 Scally
include Scully, Scullin, Scallan and Miskelly. These names are derived from the O'Scolaidhe and MacScalaidhe Gaelic Septs that were originally located in Counties Westmetah and Roscommon respectively. Many of the Westmeath sept anglicized their name as Scully. A branch of the family retained its lands in County Dublin up to 1256 when the property of William O'Scully passed into ecclesiastical possession. Scully's Cross, unlike many family memorials, may be said to add to the beauty of the Scullys legacy. In modern times the names Miskelly and MacScally are mostly found in County Antrim.
The Scally 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 Scally descendants.