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The name McCleery 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.

McCleery Early Origins



The surname McCleery 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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McCleery Spelling Variations


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McCleery 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 McCleery revealed many variations, including Clery, Cleary, Claree, Clarey, Cleare, Clearey, Clerey, O'Cleary, O'Clery, Macchlery, Clerkin, Clark and many more.

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McCleery Early History


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McCleery Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McCleery 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 McCleery History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McCleery Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McCleery Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 42 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McCleery 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



Many Irish families boarded ships bound for North America in the middle of 19th century to escape the conditions of poverty and racial discrimination at that time. Although these immigrants often arrived in a destitute state, they went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. An inquiry into many immigration and passenger lists has revealed many early immigrants to North America bearing the McCleery family name:

McCleery Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James McCleery, aged 44, landed in New Jersey in 1812
  • John M McCleery, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1823
  • William Dick McCleery, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844

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Contemporary Notables of the name McCleery (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name McCleery (post 1700)



  • Michael McCleery (b. 1959), American actor known for his roles in L.A. Confidential (1997), Joy Ride (2001) and Harry and Tonto (1974)
  • James McCleery (1837-1871), American politician, U.S. Representative from Louisiana in 1871
  • Albert McCleery (1911-1972), pioneering American television producer who created Cameo Theatre in 1950
  • Finnis Dawson McCleery (1927-2002), United States Army soldier and a recipient of the Medal of Honor for his actions in the Vietnam War
  • Mick McCleery, American Independent film director, screenwriter and film producer
  • Joe McCleery, Irish football manager, Derry City F. C. manager (1929-1932)
  • William McCleery (1887-1957), prominent Unionist in Northern Ireland
  • Alan McCleery (b. 1929), Canadian sprint canoer at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome

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McCleery Historic Events


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McCleery Historic Events




Arrow Air Flight 1285

  • Miss. Christine M McCleery (b. 1964), American Specialist 4th Class from Rapid City, South Dakota, USA who died in the crash of Arrow Air Flight 1285 on December 12, 1985 in Gander, Newfoundland, Canada

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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. Fitzgerald, Thomas W. Ireland and Her People A Library of Irish Biography 5 Volumes. Chicago: Fitzgerald. Print.
  2. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  3. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  4. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  5. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  6. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  7. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  8. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  9. Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
  10. MacLysaght, Edward. Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7).
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The McCleery Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McCleery 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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