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.
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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.
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:
McAneny Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
James McAneny, aged 24, originally from Tyrone, arrived in New York in 1893 aboard the ship "Furnessia" from Glasgow, Scotland
Rose Mc Aneny, originally from Tyrone, arrived in New York in 1899 aboard the ship "City of Rome" from Londonderry, Ireland
McAneny Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Rose McAneny, aged 30, originally from Tyrone, Ireland, arrived in New York in 1908 aboard the ship "California" from Londonderry, Ireland
Barney Mc Aneny, aged 42, arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Brandywine" from Port Lobos, Mexico 
Rose Ann McAneny, aged 31, originally from Gortin, Ireland, arrived in New York in 1921 aboard the ship "Columbia" from Londonderry, Ireland
Barney McAneny, aged 42, arrived in New York in 1921 aboard the ship "Brandywine" from Port Lobos, Mexico 
Maggie Sue McAneny, aged 20, originally from Stragnul, Ireland, arrived in New York in 1921 aboard the ship "Baltic" from Liverpool, England
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
McAneny Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
Ms. Mary McAneny who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Wellington" departing 29th July 1847 from Liverpool, England; the ship arrived on 20th September 1847 but she died on board 
George McAneny (1869-1953), American newspaperman and politician, Manhattan Borough (1910-1913), Secretary of the New York Civil Service Reform League (1894-1902), and Executive Manager of The New York Times (1916-1921)
Joseph J. McAneny (1924-2007), American politician, Democratic member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives (1969-1970)
Rear Admiral Douglas J. McAneny USN,, American Commander of the Submarine Force U.S. Pacific Fleet
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