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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 McClenahan, 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 McClenahan family originally lived in the settlement of Llanaghan, which is in the Welsh county of Brecon.

McClenahan Early Origins



The surname McClenahan 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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McClenahan Spelling Variations


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McClenahan Spelling Variations



During the lifetime of an individual person, his name was often spelt by church officials and medieval scribes the way it sounded. An examination of the many different origins of each name has revealed many spelling variations for the name: Lanigan, Lanahan, Lenaghan, Lanaghan, Linehan and many more.

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McClenahan Early History


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McClenahan Early History



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

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McClenahan Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McClenahan Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early McClenahan 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



In the mid-19th century, Ireland experienced one of the worst periods in its entire history. During this decade in order to ease the pressure of the soil, which was actually depleted by the effects of the previous years' grain crops, landowners forced tenant farmers and peasants onto tiny plots of land that barely provided the basic sustenance a family required. Conditions were worsened, though, by the population of the country, which was growing fast to roughly eight million. So when the Great Potato Famine of the mid-1840s hit, starvation and diseases decimated the population. Thousands of Irish families left the country for British North America and the United States. The new immigrants were often accommodated either in the opening western frontiers or as cheap unskilled labor in the established centers. In early passenger and immigration lists there are many immigrants bearing the name McClenahan:

McClenahan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John N. McClenahan, aged 24, who emigrated to the United States from Belfast, in 1897

McClenahan Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Infant McClenahan, aged 0, who landed in America, in 1904
  • Robert McClenahan, who emigrated to America from Coleraine, in 1905
  • Wm. L. McClenahan, aged 38, who landed in America from Alexandria, in 1906
  • Robert McClenahan, aged 35, who landed in America from Derry, Ireland, in 1907
  • Flora McClenahan, aged 54, who landed in America, in 1907
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

McClenahan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Sally McClenahan, aged 21, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Glentanner"

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Contemporary Notables of the name McClenahan (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name McClenahan (post 1700)



  • Robert McClenahan (b. 1962), American professional football player
  • Brian Mcclenahan (b. 1982), American rugby union player
  • Charles A. McClenahan (b. 1941), American politician, retired member of the Maryland House of Delegates
  • Charles McClenahan, American Republican politician, Member of Maryland State House of Delegates District 38; Elected 1998
  • Trent McClenahan (b. 1985), Australian footballer

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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. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    2. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1978. Print.
    3. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
    4. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1992. Print.
    5. Heraldic Scroll and Map of Family names and Origins of Ireland. Dublin: Mullins. Print.
    6. McDonnell, Frances. Emigrants from Ireland to America 1735-1743 A Transcription of the report of the Irish House of Commons into Enforced emigration to America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1331-5).
    7. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    8. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    9. Hickey, D.J. and J.E. Doherty. A New Dictionary of Irish History form 1800 2nd Edition. Dublin: Gil & MacMillian, 2003. Print.
    10. Fitzgerald, Thomas W. Ireland and Her People A Library of Irish Biography 5 Volumes. Chicago: Fitzgerald. Print.
    11. ...

    The McClenahan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McClenahan 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 7 April 2016 at 17:47.

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