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Surnames of Irish origin have experienced many changes in their spellings and forms. Before being translated into English, MacNamara appeared as Mac Conmara, which means "hound of the sea" or "warrior of the sea."

MacNamara Early Origins



The surname MacNamara was first found in County Clare (Irish: An Clįr) located on the west coast of Ireland in the province of Munster, where MacConmara or MacNamara was chief of the territory of Clan Caisin, now the barony of Tullagh. The family was also sometimes styled chiefs of Clan Cuilean; derived from Cuilean, one of their chiefs in the eighth century. This ancient family have traditionally held the high office of hereditary marshals of Thomond.

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MacNamara Spelling Variations


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MacNamara Spelling Variations



Official documents, crafted by early scribes and church officials, primarily contained names that were spelled according to their pronunciation. This lead to the problem of one name being recorded under several different variations, creating an illusion that a single person was many people. Among the many spelling variations of the surname MacNamara that are preserved in the archival documents of the time are McNamara, McNamar, McNamarra, McNamard, Sheedy and many more.

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MacNamara Early History


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MacNamara Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacNamara research. Another 271 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1402, 1426, 1402, 1797, 1768 and 1826 are included under the topic Early MacNamara History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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MacNamara Early Notables (pre 1700)


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MacNamara Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 44 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early MacNamara Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



In the 18th and 19th centuries hundreds of thousands of Irish people immigrated to North American shores. The early settlers were enticed by the promise of their own land, but they were moderately well off in Ireland when they decided to emigrate. Therefore, they were merely carrying out a long and carefully thought out decision. The 1840s saw the emergence of a very different trend: thousands of extremely desperate people crammed into passenger boats hoping to find any type of opportunity. The Irish of this decade had seen their homeland severely stricken by crop failures which resulted in widespread disease and starvation. At whatever time the Irish immigrants came to North America, they were instrumental in the rapid development of the emerging nations of the United States and what would become known as Canada. An exhaustive search of passenger and immigration lists has revealed many persons bearing the name MacNamara, or one of its variants:

MacNamara Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Math Macnamara, who arrived in Virginia in 1705

MacNamara Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Macnamara, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1808
  • Roberto Macnamara, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1812

MacNamara Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Bridget MacNamara, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on December 14, 1835, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1835 with 132 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1835
  • James Macnamara arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lady Bruce" in 1846
  • Thomas MacNamara arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Ascendant" in 1849

MacNamara Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • J. MacNamara arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Belle Creole" in 1853
  • Minnie MacNamara, aged 17, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Salisbury" in 1874

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Contemporary Notables of the name MacNamara (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name MacNamara (post 1700)



  • Stephen MacNamara, American professor
  • Brinsley MacNamara (1890-1963), Irish writer
  • Thomas James Macnamara (1861-1931), British teacher, educationalist, and politician
  • Jean Macnamara (1899-1968), Australian medical scientist
  • James Macnamara (1768-1826), British naval officer
  • Ian MacNamara, Australian radio radio announcer
  • Caitlin Macnamara (1913-1994), British writer, wife of Dylan Thomas
  • Arthur Macnamara (1831-1906), British squire and magistrate
  • Annie Jean Macnamara (1899-1968), Australian physician

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MacNamara Historic Events


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MacNamara Historic Events




Halifax Explosion

HMS Hood

  • Mr. Robert T Macnamara (b. 1922), English Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Richmond, Surrey, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1835 with 132 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1835

Other References

  1. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  2. Woodham-Smith, Cecil. The Great Hunger Ireland 1845-1849. New York: Old Town Books, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-385-3).
  3. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
  4. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  5. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  6. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  7. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
  8. Kennedy, Patrick. Kennedy's Book of Arms. Canterbury: Achievements, 1967. Print.
  9. Tepper, Michael Ed & Elizabeth P. Bentley Transcriber. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Philadelphia 1800-1819. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1986. Print.
  10. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
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The MacNamara Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The MacNamara 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.

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