Surnames of Irish origin have experienced many changes in their spellings and forms. Before being translated into English, MacNameard appeared as Mac Conmara, which means "hound of the sea" or "warrior of the sea."
Early Origins of the MacNameard family
The surname MacNameard was first found in County Clare
(Irish: An Clár) 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.
Early History of the MacNameard family
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MacNameard Spelling Variations
Within archives, many different spelling variations
exist for the surname MacNameard. Ancient scribes and church officials recorded names as they were pronounced, often resulting in the name of the single person being recorded under several different spellings. Different spellings that were found include McNamara, McNamar, McNamarra, McNamard, Sheedy and many more.
Early Notables of the MacNameard family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the MacNameard family to the New World and Oceana
North America accepted thousands of Irish immigrants during the 19th century as their homeland suffered under foreign imperialistic rule. Although settlers from the early portion of the century came to North America by choice in search of land, by far the largest influx of Irish immigrants came to North America during the Great Potato Famine
of the late 1840s. Many of these Irish families
left the country destitute and in some cases suffering from disease. However, those who survived the long ocean voyage were especially vital to the development of industry in the United States and what would become known as Canada. Research of immigration and passenger lists has shown many early immigrants bearing the name MacNameard: Augustine McNamara who arrived in St. John's Newfoundland in 1794; Bridget, Elizabeth, James, John, Martin, Mathew, Michael, Patrick, Timothy and William McNamara, who all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860..