The Irish name Connerneen was originally written in a Gaelic form as O hInneirghe, which is derived from an adjective meaning easily roused early.
Early Origins of the Connerneen family
The surname Connerneen was 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.
Early History of the Connerneen family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Connerneen 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 Connerneen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Connerneen Spelling Variations
Within the archives researched, many different spelling variations
of the surname Connerneen 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. O'Henry, Fitzhenry, MacHenry, MacEnery, MacEniry and others.
Early Notables of the Connerneen family (pre 1700)
Prominent amongst the family at this time was James McHenry (1753-1816), American (Irish-born) patriot in the American Revolution; Secretary of War 1796-1800, and private secretary to... Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Connerneen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Connerneen family to the New World and Oceana
The 19th century saw a great wave of Irish families
for the distant shores of North America and Australia
. These families often left their homeland hungry, penniless, and destitute do to the policies of England
. Those Irish immigrants that survived the long sea passage initially settled on the eastern seaboard of the continent. Some, however, moved north to a then infant Canada as United Empire Loyalists after ironically serving with the English in the American War of Independence
. Others that remained in America later joined the westward migration in search of land. The greatest influx of Irish immigrants, though, came to North America during the Great Potato Famine
of the late 1840s. Thousands left Ireland
at this time for North America, and those who arrived were immediately put to work building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. In fact, the foundations of today's powerful nations of the United Sates and Canada were to a larger degree built by the Irish. Archival documents indicate that members of the Connerneen family relocated to North American shores quite early: Francis McHenry, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1738; James McHenry, who settled in Savannah, Georgia in 1820; Thomas FitzHenry, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1773.
Contemporary Notables of the name Connerneen (post 1700)
- Martin Connerneen (1907-1941), Irish constable killed on duty in Yerushalayim, Israel