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The name McCleary originally appeared in Gaelic as O Cleirigh, from the word "cleireach," which means "clerk" or "cleric." The name denotes a descendant of Cleireach, who was born around 820 AD, and descended from Guaire the Hospitable, the famous king of Connacht.

McCleary Early Origins



The surname McCleary was first found in County Galway. A descendent of Guaire, Cleireach, the namesake of the O'Clerys, was born around 820 AD, about two hundred years before hereditary surnames came into general use. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
MacLysaght, Edward, Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7)
However, the name O'Clery first appeared around 950 AD, making it one of the earliest recorded hereditary surnames. The O'Clerys were the dominant sept in what is now the diocese of Kilmacduagh in the county of Galway, but declined in power until they were forced out of their original territory by the mid-13th century. The most important branch of the family settled in Counties Derry and Donegal and became prominent historians and poets. The branch that settled in County Cavan has seemingly all but vanished. However, the English surname Clarke has been widely substituted for O'Clery there, following the Plantation of Ulster, and many Irish Clarkes may actually be O'Clerys, rather than descendants of English settlers. Another branch is still fairly common in the counties of Kilkenny, Waterford, and Tipperary. The name is presently found mostly in Munster and Dublin.

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McCleary Spelling Variations


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McCleary Spelling Variations



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 McCleary that are preserved in the archival documents of the time are Clery, Cleary, Claree, Clarey, Cleare, Clearey, Clerey, O'Cleary, O'Clery, Macchlery, Clerkin, Clark and many more.

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McCleary Early History


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McCleary Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McCleary research. Another 191 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1636, 1450, 1507, 1507, 1781 and 1860 are included under the topic Early McCleary History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McCleary Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McCleary Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 42 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McCleary Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Irish families fled the English-colonized Ireland in record numbers during the 19th century for North Ameri ca. Many of those destitute families died from disease during, and even shortly after, the long journey. Although those that immigrated before the Great Potato Famine of the 1840s often were granted a tract of land, those that arrived later were generally accommodated in urban centers or in work camps. Those in the urban centers would labor in the manufacturing sector, whereas those in work camps would to build critical infrastructures such as bridges, canals, roads, and railways. Regardless of when these Irish immigrants came to North America, they were critical for the rapid development of the young nations of the United States and Canada. Early immigration and passenger lists have recorded many early immigrants bearing the name of McCleary:

McCleary Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Daniel McCleary, who landed in New England in 1718

McCleary Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Peter McCleary, who arrived in Maryland in 1811
  • John McCleary, aged 34, landed in New York in 1812
  • James S McCleary, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1823
  • Hugh McCleary who arrived in Philadelphia in 1836
  • Samuel McCleary, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1872
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

McCleary Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Gertrude McCleary, aged 9, who landed in America from Antrim, in 1905
  • David McCleary, aged 20, who landed in America from Cavan, Ireland, in 1909
  • Elizabeth McCleary, aged 25, who settled in America from Belfast, Ireland, in 1915
  • Charles J. McCleary, aged 21, who landed in America, in 1919
  • Andrew McCleary, aged 18, who settled in America from Clough, Ireland, in 1920
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

McCleary Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William McCleary, aged 33, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Amazon"

McCleary Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Samuel McCleary, aged 21, arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Apelles" in 1874
  • David McCleary, aged 19, arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Apelles" in 1874

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Contemporary Notables of the name McCleary (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name McCleary (post 1700)



  • Urie McCleary (1905-1980), American two-time Academy Award winning art director and designer
  • William Boyd McCleary CMG CVO (b. 1949), British diplomat, Governor of the British Virgin Islands (2010-2014)
  • Trent Kenneth McCleary (b. 1972), Canadian former professional NHL hockey player who played from 1993 to 2000
  • James McCleary (b. 1853), Canadian-born, American politician, United States Representative from Minnesota (1893-1907), Secretary of the American Iron and Steel Institute in New York City (1911-1920)
  • Brian Verdon McCleary (1897-1978), New Zealand rugby player and boxer, member of the All Blacks (1924 and 1925), New Zealand and Australasian amateur and professional light-heavyweight and heavyweight boxing champion
  • Andrew McCleary (1863-1944), Canadian politician in Manitoba who served in the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba from 1927 to 1932
  • William McCleary (1853-1917), Canadian politician and merchant from Ontario
  • Garath McCleary (b. 1987), English professional footballer

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McCleary Historic Events


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McCleary Historic Events




HMS Hood

  • Mr. William McCleary (b. 1917), Scottish Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Kirkcowan, Wigtownshire, Scotland, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ MacLysaght, Edward, Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7)

Other References

  1. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  2. O'Hart, John. Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4).
  3. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  4. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Johnson, Daniel F. Irish Emigration to New England Through the Port of Saint John, New Brunswick Canada 1841-1849. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield, 1996. Print.
  6. Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
  7. Kennedy, Patrick. Kennedy's Book of Arms. Canterbury: Achievements, 1967. Print.
  8. Read, Charles Anderson. The Cabinet of Irish Literature Selections from the Works of the Chief Poets, Orators and Prose Writers of Ireland 4 Volumes. London: Blackie and Son, 1884. Print.
  9. MacLysaght, Edward. Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7).
  10. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  11. ...

The McCleary Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McCleary 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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