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.
Early Origins of the McClenaghan family
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.
Early History of the McClenaghan family
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McClenaghan Spelling Variations
spelling variations of even a single name. Early versions of the name McClenaghan included: Lanigan, Lanahan, Lenaghan, Lanaghan, Linehan and many more.
Early Notables of the McClenaghan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the McClenaghan family to the New World and Oceana
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
McClenaghan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
McClenaghan Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
McClenaghan Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name McClenaghan (post 1700)
The McClenaghan 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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