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The many Irish surnames in use today have long rich histories behind them. The name McAneny originally appeared in Gaelic as Mac an Airchinnigh, which means son of the erenagh. The word erenagh refers to a steward of church lands. This was originally an ecclesiastical task, but was later performed by laymen, becoming a hereditary trade.


The surname McAneny was first found in County Clare (Irish: An Clįr) located on the west coast of Ireland in the province of Munster, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

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 McAneny that are preserved in the archival documents of the time are MacInerny, MacInerney, Nerney, Kinnerk, Nerheny, Nertney, Nirney, McNertney, MacNertney, MacNerney and many more.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McAneny research. Another 222 words (16 lines of text) covering the year 1172 is included under the topic Early McAneny History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


More information is included under the topic Early McAneny Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Irish families began leaving their homeland for North America in the late 18th century. These families were usually modestly well off, but they were looking forward to owning and working on a sizable tract of land of their own. This pattern of emigration continued until the 1840s when the Great Potato Famine sparked a major exodus of destitute and desperate Irish people. These people were not leaving for a grant of land in North America because by this time the East Coast had reached its saturation point and free land was scarce. They were merely looking to escape the disease, starvation, and hopelessness that Ireland had fallen into. Although these unfortunate immigrants did not receive a warm welcome by the established populations in the United States and what would become Canada, they were absolutely critical to the rapid development that these two nations enjoyed. They would help populate the western lands and provide the cheap labor required for a rapid industrialization. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has revealed many early bearers of the name McAneny or one of its variants: Pat and Thomas McInerheny settled in Canada in 1847; Dennis, John, and Margaret McInerny arrived in Philadelphia in 1854; Denis, John, and Thomas McInnerney arrived in Philadelphia in 1866..


  • Rear Admiral Douglas J. McAneny USN,, American Commander of the Submarine Force U.S. Pacific Fleet
  • Joseph J. McAneny, American politician, former Democratic member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
  • George McAneny (1869-1953), American newspaperman and politician, Manhattan Borough (1910 to 1913)
  • Leonard G. McAneny, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Mayor of Yonkers, New York, 1928
  • John B. McAneny, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for Pennsylvania, 1920

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    Other References

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    10. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
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    The McAneny Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The McAneny 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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