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

Today's Irish surnames are underpinned by a multitude of rich histories. The name Henesey originally appeared in Gaelic as O hAonghusa, which means "descendant of Angus."

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Within the archives researched, many different spelling variations of the surname Henesey were found. These included One reason for the many variations is that scribes and church officials often spelled an individual's name as it sounded. This imprecise method often led to many versions. Hennessey, Henasey, Henasay, Henchy, Henchey, Henchie, Hinchy, Hinchey, Hinchie, Henesey, Henessy, Henesy, Hennesey and many more.

First found in County Offaly (Irish: Uíbh Fháilí) originally the Kingdom of Uí Failghe, located in central Ireland in the Province of Leinster, where they held a family seat from very ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Henesey research. Another 215 words(15 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Henesey History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Henesey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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To escape the religious and political discrimination they experienced primarily at the hands of the English, thousands of Irish left their homeland in the 19th century. These migrants typically settled in communities throughout the East Coast of North America, but also joined the wagon trains moving out to the Midwest. Ironically, when the American War of Independence began, many Irish settlers took the side of England, and at the war's conclusion moved north to Canada. These United Empire Loyalists, were granted land along the St. Lawrence River and the Niagara Peninsula. Other Irish immigrants settled in Newfoundland, the Ottawa Valley, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. The greatest influx of Irish immigrants, however, came to North America during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Thousands left Ireland at this time for North America and Australia. Many of those numbers, however, did not live through the long sea passage. These Irish settlers to North America were immediately put to work building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. Irish settlers made an inestimable contribution to the building of the New World. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Irish name Henesey or a variant listed above, including:

Henesey Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Dennis Henesey, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1854
  • Maurice Henesey, who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1854

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