An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright © 2000 - 2013
Where did the Irish MacInerney family come from? What is the Irish MacInerney family crest and coat of arms? When did the MacInerney family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the MacInerney family history?The many Irish surnames in use today have long rich histories behind them. The name MacInerney originally appeared in Gaelic as Mac an Airchinnigh, which means son of the erenagh. The word erenagh refers to a steward of church lands. This was originally an ecclesiastical task, but was later performed by laymen, becoming a hereditary trade.
Within archives, many different spelling variations exist for the surname MacInerney. Ancient scribes and church officials recorded names as they were pronounced, often resulting in the name of the single person being recorded under several different spellings. Different spellings that were found include MacInerny, MacInerney, Nerney, Kinnerk, Nerheny, Nertney, Nirney, McNertney, MacNertney, MacNerney and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacInerney research. Another 222 words(16 lines of text) covering the year 1172 is included under the topic Early MacInerney History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early MacInerney Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Irish families began leaving their homeland for North America in the late 18th century. These families were usually modestly well off, but they were looking forward to owning and working on a sizable tract of land of their own. This pattern of emigration continued until the 1840s when the Great Potato Famine sparked a major exodus of destitute and desperate Irish people. These people were not leaving for a grant of land in North America because by this time the East Coast had reached its saturation point and free land was scarce. They were merely looking to escape the disease, starvation, and hopelessness that Ireland had fallen into. Although these unfortunate immigrants did not receive a warm welcome by the established populations in the United States and what would become Canada, they were absolutely critical to the rapid development that these two nations enjoyed. They would help populate the western lands and provide the cheap labor required for a rapid industrialization. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has revealed many early bearers of the name MacInerney or one of its variants: Pat and Thomas McInerheny settled in Canada in 1847; Dennis, John, and Margaret McInerny arrived in Philadelphia in 1854; Denis, John, and Thomas McInnerney arrived in Philadelphia in 1866..
The MacInerney Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The MacInerney 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.
This page was last modified on 27 October 2010 at 13:48.
houseofnames.com is an internet property owned by Swyrich Corporation.