Tracing your Irish ancestry – The O'Malley clan

Fun facts and history behind your Irish family name.

 Irish derivation: Ó Máille

Name meaning: A descendant of a follower of St John.

Counties associated with the name: Mayo

Coat of arms motto: “Terra Marique Potens” Powerful on Land and Sea.

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Interesting facts:

 - Often referred to as “the Irish of the Irish”

 - The clan is heavily populated by sailors.

Some famous O’Malleys:

 - Grace O'Malley, (c.1530- c.1603, Irish noblewoman and chieftainess)

 - Martin O'Malley (1963-, American politician and 61st Governor of Maryland)

 - Ernie O'Malley (1897–1957, Irish Republican Army officer)

 - Sean O'Malley (born 1944-, Roman Catholic Cardinal)

 - Martin O'Malley (1939-, Canadian journalist)

 - Daragh O'Malley (born 1954-, Irish actor)

Read more: What’s your Irish clan?