The surname MacElheeny comes from the Irish Mac Giolla Chainnigh, meaning the son of a servant or devotee of St. Canice, also known as St. Kenny. The place name Kilkenny
, is also derived from the saint; in Irish it is Cill Chainnigh, meaning the church of St. Canice.
Early Origins of the MacElheeny family
The surname MacElheeny was first found in County Derry, where the sept was of the Cenel Eoghain group. The St. Canice branch of whom they were originally followers, came from Dromachose, County Derry. One of the earliest records of the name is of David de Kilkenny
, who was Bishop of Achonry, County Sligo
(1312 to 1344.) Ironically the name is not taken from the town in Leinster
or the county named Kilkenny
. References to the surname were rare throughout history. CITATION[CLOSE]
MacLysaght, Edward, More Irish Families. Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0)
Early History of the MacElheeny family
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MacElheeny Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Kilkenny, MacKilkenny, MacElhinny, MacElheeny, MacIlhenny and many more.
Early Notables of the MacElheeny family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the MacElheeny family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: a Mic Kilkeny, who settled in the Red River Settlement in Canada in 1812; Edward Kilkenny
, who was listed as a British Alien in New York during the War of 1812.