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Recorded in the spellings of O'Mullally, Mullally and the short forms of Lailey, Lalley and Lally, this most interesting and unusual surname is Irish. It is of pre 10th century Old Gaelic origins, and as spelt is a development of "O'Maolalaidh". This is composed of the prefix O', meaning descendant of, and a personal name of the elements "maol", meaning chieftain, and "-aladh", speckled or piebald! The clan were a branch of the Ui Maine and were of some importance in Connacht, where after the coming of the Anglo-Normans in 1170, they were at constant feud with the de Burgos or Burkes...

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