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The Irish name Enright has a long Gaelic heritage to its credit. The Enright surname is derived from the Gaelic Mac Ionnrachtaigh, derived from either the word "ionnrachtach," which means "lawful," or a form of the word "indrecht," which means "attack."

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The Middle Ages saw a great number of spelling variations for surnames common to the Irish landscape. One reason for these variations is the fact that surnames were not rigidly fixed by this period. The following variations for the name Enright were encountered in the archives: Enright, Enraghty, Enratty, Hanraghty, Hanratty, MacKenraght, MacEnraghty, Kenraghty, Kenratty, O'Hanraghty, O'Hanratty, O'Hanfey and many more.

First found in Limerick (Irish: Luimneach) located in Southwestern Ireland, in the province of Munster, where they held a family seat from ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Enright research. Another 217 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1107 and 1172 are included under the topic Early Enright History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Enright Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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In the 19th century, thousands of Irish left their English-occupied homeland for North America. Like most new world settlers, the Irish initially settled on the eastern shores of the continent but began to move westward with the promise of owning land. The height of this Irish migration came during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. With apparently nothing to lose, Irish people left on ships bound for North America and Australia. Unfortunately a great many of these passengers lost their lives - the only thing many had left - to disease, starvation, and accidents during the long and dangerous journey. Those who did safely arrive in "the land of opportunities" were often used for the hard labor of building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. The Irish were critical to the quick development of the infrastructure of the United States and Canada. Passenger and immigration lists indicate that members of the Enright family came to North America quite early:

Enright Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Michael Enright who settled in New England in 1803
  • Edward Enright, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1856
  • James Enright, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1856
  • Patrick, Daniel and John Enright, who all settled in Pennsylvania between 1840 and 1860
  • John Enright, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1866


Enright Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Michael J Enright, who landed in Arkansas in 1901
  • Patrick Enright, who landed in Arkansas in 1904

Enright Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Dennis Enright, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1804
  • Patrick Enright, who was recorded in Ottawa, Canada in 1829
  • Michael Enright, who was in the customs house records for St. John, New Brunswick in 1834
  • Michael Enright, aged 24, a farmer, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1834 aboard the brig "Charity" from Kinsale
  • Johanna Enright, aged 28, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1834 aboard the brig "Charity" from Kinsale

Enright Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Mary Enright, aged 19, a farm servant, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "David Malcolm"
  • Mary Enright, aged 24, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Trafalgar"
  • Bridget Enright, aged 34, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Australia"
  • Michael Enright, aged 21, a farm labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "Escort"
  • Ann Enright, aged 27, a farm servant, arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "David McIvor"


Enright Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Michael Enright, aged 25, a labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Steinwarder" in 1864
  • Helen Enright, aged 23, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Steinwarder" in 1864
  • John Enright, aged 1, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Steinwarder" in 1864
  • Mary Enright, aged 20, a servant, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Salisbury" in 1874
  • Thomas Enright, aged 20, a farm labourer, arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Countess of Kintore" in 1875


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  • James Enright (1910-1981), American professional basketball referee
  • Elizabeth Enright (1909-1968), American children's author and illustrator
  • Barry Ryan Enright (b. 1986), American Major League Baseball starting pitcher for the Arizona Diamondbacks
  • Edmund "Mundy" Enright (b. 1976), Irish singer-songwriter
  • Anne Enright (b. 1962), Booker Prize-winning Irish author
  • Nicholas Paul "Nick" Enright AM (1950-2003), Australian Academy Award nominated writer and actor, known for Blackrock (1997), Lorenzo's Oil (1992) and Come in Spinner (1990)
  • Dennis Joseph "D. J." Enright (1920-2002), British academic, poet, novelist and critic
  • Derek Anthony Enright (1935-1995), British Labour Party politician
  • Corey Enright (b. 1981), Australian Rules footballer
  • Jo Enright (b. 1968), English stand-up comedian and actress

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The Enright Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Enright 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 20 July 2015 at 13:01.

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