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Where did the Irish Henery family come from? What is the Irish Henery family crest and coat of arms? When did the Henery family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Henery family history?

The Irish name Henery was originally written in a Gaelic form as O hInneirghe, which is derived from an adjective meaning easily roused early.

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Pronunciation, rather than spelling, guided scribes and church officials when recording names during the Middle Ages. This practice often resulted in one person's name being recorded under several different spellings. Numerous spelling variations of the surname Henery are preserved in these old documents. The various spellings of the name that were found include O'Henry, Fitzhenry, MacHenry, MacEnery, MacEniry and others.

First found in County Tyrone (Irish:Tír Eoghain), the ancient territory of the O'Neills, now in the Province of Ulster, central Northern Ireland, where they held a family seat at Cullentra. From here, the head of this Irish sept extended his territories into the valley of Glenconkeiny in County Londonderry.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Henery research. Another 371 words(26 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1753, 1785, 1796, 1800, 1816, and 1845 are included under the topic Early Henery History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 51 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Henery Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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During the 19th century thousands of impoverished Irish families made the long journey to British North America and the United States. These people were leaving a land that had become beset with poverty, lack of opportunity, and hunger. In North America, they hoped to find land, work, and political and religious freedoms. Although the majority of the immigrants that survived the long sea passage did make these discoveries, it was not without much perseverance and hard work: by the mid-19th century land suitable for agriculture was short supply, especially in British North America, in the east; the work available was generally low paying and physically taxing construction or factory work; and the English stereotypes concerning the Irish, although less frequent and vehement, were, nevertheless, present in the land of freedom, liberty, and equality for all men. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. Research into passenger and immigration lists has brought forth evidence of the early members of the Henery family in North America:

Henery Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • James Henery, who landed in New York, NY in 1817
  • Patrick Henery, who arrived in Texas in 1829
  • Thomas Henery, who landed in Texas in 1829
  • Walter Henery, who landed in Texas in 1829
  • Michael Henery, aged 10, arrived in New York in 1854

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The Henery Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Henery 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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