The Irish surnames in use today are underpinned by a multitude of rich histories. The name Clansies originally appeared in Gaelic as Mac Fhlannchaidh. The exact meaning of this name is undetermined; it can be translated as "son of Fhlannchadh," where "flann" means "reddish" or "ruddy." However, whether "caidh" denotes warrior as has been asserted is unknown.
Early Origins of the Clansies family
The surname Clansies was first found in Counties Clare and Leitrim
. The more important of the two MacClancy septs were a branch of the MacNamaras and were from the north of County Clare
, where they gave their name to Cathermacclancy. They traced their lineage from the Heber
kings, and provided hereditary brehons (judges) to the O'Briens. They were most numerous in County Clare
and the neighboring counties of Galway
. The other sept of MacClancys were indigenous to Leitrim
, and were Chiefs of Darty or Rosclogher. CITATION[CLOSE]
MacLysaght, Edward, Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7)
Early History of the Clansies family
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Clansies Spelling Variations
Names written in official documents were generally spelt as they sounded, leading to the problem of one name being recorded under several different variations, creating the illusion in records of more than one person. Among the many spelling variations
of the surname Clansies that are preserved in documents of the family history are Clancy, Clancey, Clanchey, Clanchy, Clansey and many more.
Early Notables of the Clansies family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Clansies family to the New World and Oceana
The English-ruled Ireland
of the late 18th and 19th centuries featured a rapidly increasing population and an agricultural-based economy. This combination proved to be disastrous in the 1840s after a couple of failed potato harvests. Thousands died of disease and starvation, and thousands more left the country, often bound for North America. Those that survived the journey to North America were put to work building the bridges, canals, roadways, and railways needed for the development of an industrial society. Those Irish, although often despised by those already established in North American cities and towns, played an instrumental role in making Canada and the United States the powerful and wealthy nations that they are today. An examination of early immigration and passenger lists has shown many immigrants bearing the name Clansies: Cornelius Clancey who settled in Barbados in 1680 with his wife and servants; Richard Clanchy settled in New York with his wife and eight children in 1820.