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

Early Origins of the MacNamma family


The surname MacNamma 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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Early History of the MacNamma family

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Early History of the MacNamma family


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Another 271 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1402, 1426, 1402, 1797, 1768 and 1826 are included under the topic Early MacNamma History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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MacNamma Spelling Variations

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MacNamma Spelling Variations


Irish names recorded during the Middle Ages are characterized by many spelling variations. This preponderance of variations for common names can be explained by the fact that the scribes and church officials that kept records during that period individually decided how to capture one's name. These recorders primarily based their decisions on how the name was pronounced or what it meant. Research into the name MacNamma revealed many variations, including McNamara, McNamar, McNamarra, McNamard, Sheedy and many more.

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Early Notables of the MacNamma family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the MacNamma family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the MacNamma family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the MacNamma family to the New World and Oceana


A great wave of Irish migration occurred during the 19th century as a direct result of English colonial rule and tight-fisted absentee landlords. Many of these Irish immigrants boarded passenger ships bound for North America. Those who migrated early enough were given land in either British North America or the United States; those who came in the late 19th century were typically employed in industrial centers as laborers. At whatever age they undertook the dangerous passage to North America, those Irish immigrants were essential to the speedy development of the two infant nations to which they arrived, whether they broke and settled land, helped build canals, bridges, and railroads, or produced products for consumer consumption. An examination of immigration and passenger lists has uncovered a large number of immigrants bearing the name MacNamma or one of its variants: 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..

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