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Where did the Irish Henry family come from? What is the Irish Henry family crest and coat of arms? When did the Henry family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Henry family history?The Irish name Henry was originally written in a Gaelic form as O hInneirghe, which is derived from an adjective meaning easily roused early.
Just like the English language, the Gaelic language of Ireland was not standardized in the Middle Ages. Therefore, one's name was often recorded under several different spellings during the life of its bearer. Spelling variations revealed in the search for the origins of the Henry family name 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.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Henry 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 Henry History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 51 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Henry Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Ireland became inhospitable for many native Irish families in the 19th centuries. Poverty, lack of opportunities, high rents, and discrimination forced thousands to leave the island for North America. The largest exodus of Irish settlers occurred with the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. For these immigrants the journey to British North America and the United States was long and dangerous and many did not live to see the shores of those new lands. Those who did make it were essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest and most powerful nations of the world. These Irish immigrants were not only important for peopling the new settlements and cities, they also provided the manpower needed for the many industrial and agricultural projects so essential to these growing nations. Immigration and passenger lists have documented the arrival of various people bearing the name Henry to North America:
Henry Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Henry Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Henry Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
Henry Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century
The Henry Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Henry 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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