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The Anglo- Norman Conquest of Ireland lead by Strongbow introduced the first non-Gaelic elements into Irish nomenclature. These Anglo- Normans brought some traditions to Ireland that were not readily found within Gaelic system of hereditary surnames. One of the best examples of this is the local surname. Local surnames, such as McClenaghan, were taken from the name of a place or a geographical feature where the person lived, held land, or was born. These surnames were very common in England, but were almost non-existent within Ireland previous to the conquest. Originally, these place names were prefixed by "de," which means "from" in French. This type of prefix was eventually either made a part of the surname, if the place name began with a vowel, or was eliminated entirely. The McClenaghan family originally lived in the settlement of Llanaghan, which is in the Welsh county of Brecon.

McClenaghan Early Origins



The surname McClenaghan was first found in County Roscommon (Irish: Ros Comáin) located in central Ireland in the province of Connacht, where they were granted lands by Strongbow after his invasion of Ireland in 1172.

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McClenaghan Spelling Variations


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McClenaghan Spelling Variations



Church officials and medieval scribes often spelled early surnames as they sounded. This practice often resulted in many spelling variations of even a single name. Early versions of the name McClenaghan included: Lanigan, Lanahan, Lenaghan, Lanaghan, Linehan and many more.

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McClenaghan Early History


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McClenaghan Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McClenaghan research. Another 305 words (22 lines of text) covering the year 1249 is included under the topic Early McClenaghan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McClenaghan Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McClenaghan Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early McClenaghan 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



Ireland went through one of the most devastating periods in its history with the arrival of the Great Potato Famine of the 1840s. Many also lost their lives from typhus, fever and dysentery. And poverty was the general rule as tenant farmers were often evicted because they could not pay the high rents. Emigration to North America gave hundreds of families a chance at a life where work, freedom, and land ownership were all possible. For those who made the long journey, it meant hope and survival. The Irish emigration to British North America and the United States opened up the gates of industry, commerce, education and the arts. Early immigration and passenger lists have shown many Irish people bearing the name McClenaghan:

McClenaghan Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John McClenaghan, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1772

McClenaghan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William McClenaghan, aged 17, arrived in New York, NY in 1833

McClenaghan Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John McClenaghan, aged 28, a ploughman, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1872
  • Elizabeth McClenaghan, aged 22, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1872
  • John McClenaghan, aged 45, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Salisbury" in 1874
  • Henry McClenaghan, aged 21, a carpenter, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Salisbury" in 1874

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Contemporary Notables of the name McClenaghan (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name McClenaghan (post 1700)



  • Stewart McClenaghan (1866-1944), Canadian politician from Oxford Mills, Ontario who was Member of Parliament for Ottawa (1925-1926)
  • Mitchell John McClenaghan (b. 1986), New Zealand cricketer from Hawkes Bay
  • Kim McClenaghan (b. 1974), South African-born poet and writer who now lives in London

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Patriae infelici fidelis
Motto Translation: Faithful to an unhappy country.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
    2. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    4. MacLysaght, Edward. Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7).
    5. Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
    6. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    7. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    8. Fitzgerald, Thomas W. Ireland and Her People A Library of Irish Biography 5 Volumes. Chicago: Fitzgerald. Print.
    9. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1978. Print.
    10. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
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    The McClenaghan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McClenaghan 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.

    This page was last modified on 14 April 2016 at 22:03.

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