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Type Surname (from nickname & from given name)
Usage Irish, Welsh
Other Forms FormsMacHale, Hale, McCale

Meaning & History

From the Irish Mac Céile, a patronymic from the byname Céile, meaning "companion." This was the surname of a Mayo family, tenants of church lands.

The name also derives from Mac Haol, "son of Haol," an Irish form of Howell, which was adopted by a Welsh family of this name who settled in County Mayo.
Added 11/4/2016 by anonymous