Henesy History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Today's Irish surnames are underpinned by a multitude of rich histories. The name Henesy originally appeared in Gaelic as O hAonghusa, which means "descendant of Angus."

Early Origins of the Henesy family

The surname Henesy was first found in County Offaly (Irish: Uíbh Fháilí) originally the Kingdom of Uí Failghe, located in central Ireland in the Province of Leinster, where they held a family seat from very ancient times.

Important Dates for the Henesy family

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Henesy Spelling Variations

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 Henesy were encountered in the archives: Hennessey, Henasey, Henasay, Henchy, Henchey, Henchie, Hinchy, Hinchey, Hinchie, Henesey, Henessy, Henesy, Hennesey and many more.

Early Notables of the Henesy family (pre 1700)

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Henesy migration to the United States

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 Henesy family came to North America quite early:

Henesy Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Catherine Henesy, who arrived in Maryland in 1678 [1]
Henesy Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Patrick Henesy, who landed in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania in 1854 [1]
  • Richard Henesy, who arrived in St Clair County, Illinois in 1858 [1]
Henesy Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Maria Henesy, aged 18, who immigrated to the United States from Mazzarlak, in 1902

Henesy migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Henesy Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Henesy, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1843

Henesy migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Henesy Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Francis Henesy, (b. 1856), aged 22, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Western Monarch" arriving in New Zealand in 1879 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Henesy (post 1700)

  • Darwin Henesy, American Republican politician, Candidate for West Virginia State House of Delegates from Jefferson County, 1948 [3]

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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)
  2. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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