McEnerney History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The many Irish surnames in use today have long rich histories behind them. The name McEnerney 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.

Early Origins of the McEnerney family

The surname McEnerney was first found in County Clare (Irish: An Clár) located on the west coast of Ireland in the province of Munster, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Important Dates for the McEnerney family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McEnerney research. Another 88 words (6 lines of text) covering the year 1172 is included under the topic Early McEnerney History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McEnerney Spelling Variations

During the Middle Ages, surname were rarely recorded except by clerks, priests and registrars. As a name was spelt by scribes solely based on how it sounded, one's name could have been recorded many different ways during the life of its bearer. Numerous spelling variations were revealed in the search for the origin of the name McEnerney family name. Variations found include MacInerny, MacInerney, Nerney, Kinnerk, Nerheny, Nertney, Nirney, McNertney, MacNertney, MacNerney and many more.

Early Notables of the McEnerney family (pre 1700)

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McEnerney migration to the United States

Suffering from poverty and racial discrimination, thousands of Irish families left the island in the 19th century for North America aboard cramped passenger ships. The early migrants became settlers of small tracts of land, and those that came later were often employed in the new cities or transitional work camps. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. Although the immigrants from this period were often maligned when they arrived in the United States, they provided the cheap labor that was necessary for the development of that country as an industrial power. Early immigration and passenger lists have revealed many immigrants bearing the name McEnerney:

McEnerney Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Edward McEnerney, who landed in New York in 1837 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name McEnerney (post 1700)

  • Mary McEnerney, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1928, 1936 (alternate)
  • Frederick McEnerney, American Democrat politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Derby; Elected 1934, 1936
  • Kerry McEnerney, American actress, known for Losing Game (2014) and Sun and the Art of Dating (2012)
  • Lawrence D. McEnerney, American co-developer of instructional materials for writers known as The Little Red Schoolhouse

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Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
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