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Where did the Irish McNamee family come from? When did the McNamee family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the McNamee family history?The original Gaelic form of McNamee was Mac Conmidhe, which means hound of Meath.
A name was often recorded during the Middle Ages under several different spelling variations during the life of its bearer because literacy was rare there was no real push to clearly define any of the languages found in the British Isles at that time. Variations found of the name McNamee include McNamee, McNanamy, McNammee, McName, McNanny and others.
First found in county Westmeath (Irish: An Iarmhí) in the Irish Midlands, province of Leinster, where they held a family seat from ancient times.
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In the 19th century, thousands of Irish left their English-occupied homeland for North America. Like most new world settlers, the Irish initially settled on the eastern shores of the continent but began to move westward with the promise of owning land. The height of this Irish migration came during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. With apparently nothing to lose, Irish people left on ships bound for North America and Australia. Unfortunately a great many of these passengers lost their lives - the only thing many had left - to disease, starvation, and accidents during the long and dangerous journey. Those who did safely arrive in "the land of opportunities" were often used for the hard labor of building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. The Irish were critical to the quick development of the infrastructure of the United States and Canada. Passenger and immigration lists indicate that members of the McNamee family came to North America quite early:
McNamee Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
- Patrick McNamee, aged 25, arrived in New York, NY in 1804
- John McNamee, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1845
- James McNamee, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
- Francis McNamee, who landed in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania in 1852
- Bernard, Charles, Francis, Hugh, James, John, Michael, Patrick, and Thomas McNamee all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860
- Graham McNamee (1888-1942), American radio broadcaster
- Joe McNamee (b. 1926), retired American professional NBA basketball player
- Luke McNamee (1871-1952), American admiral and 12th Naval Governor of Guam, recipient of the Navy Cross
- Danny McNamee (b. 1960), Irish former electronic engineer who was wrongly convicted
- Eoin McNamee (b. 1961), Irish writer
- Anthony McNamee (b. 1984), English left-midfielder
- David McNamee (b. 1980), Scottish professional footballer
- Bernie McNamee, Canadian co-host with the CBC
- Jessica McNamee, Australian actress
- Peter McNamee (b. 1950), retired Canadian professional WHA ice hockey forward
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