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Where did the Irish Enright family come from? What is the Irish Enright family crest and coat of arms? When did the Enright family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Enright family history?The Irish name Enright has a long Gaelic heritage to its credit. The Enright surname is derived from the Gaelic Mac Ionnrachtaigh, derived from either the word "ionnrachtach," which means "lawful," or a form of the word "indrecht," which means "attack."
The Middle Ages saw a great number of spelling variations for surnames common to the Irish landscape. One reason for these variations is the fact that surnames were not rigidly fixed by this period. The following variations for the name Enright were encountered in the archives: Enright, Enraghty, Enratty, Hanraghty, Hanratty, MacKenraght, MacEnraghty, Kenraghty, Kenratty, O'Hanraghty, O'Hanratty, O'Hanfey and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Enright research. Another 217 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1107 and 1172 are included under the topic Early Enright History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Enright Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
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 Enright family came to North America quite early:
Enright Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
Enright Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century
The Enright Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Enright Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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