Surnames of Irish origin have experienced many changes in their spellings and forms. Before being translated into English, MacNemarte appeared as Mac Conmara, which means "hound of the sea" or "warrior of the sea."
Early Origins of the MacNemarte family
The surname MacNemarte 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 MacNemarte family
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MacNemarte Spelling Variations
One must realize that attempting to record a Gaelic name in English was a daunting task. Even today the translation is a difficult one. Accordingly, spelling variations
were the norm. Variations found include McNamara, McNamar, McNamarra, McNamard, Sheedy and many more.
Early Notables of the MacNemarte family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the MacNemarte 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 MacNemarte 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..