The original Gaelic form of McClinchey was Mag Loingsigh, which is derived from the word loingseach, which means mariner.
Early Origins of the McClinchey family
The surname McClinchey was first found in Ulster
(Irish: Ulaidh), where this family held a family seat
since ancient times.
Early History of the McClinchey family
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McClinchey Spelling Variations
Names written in official documents were generally spelt as they sounded, leading to the problem of one name being recorded under several different variations, creating the illusion in records of more than one person. Among the many spelling variations
of the surname McClinchey that are preserved in documents of the family history are McGlinchey, McGlinchy, MacGlinchey, MacGlinchy, MacClincey, MacClincy, MacClinchey, MacClinchy, MacGlinghy, McGlincey, McGlincy, McGlinsey and many more.
Early Notables of the McClinchey family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the McClinchey family to the New World and Oceana
Many destitute Irish families
in the 18th and 19th centuries decided to leave their homeland, which had in many ways been scarred by English colonial rule. One of the most frequent destinations for these families was North America where it was possible for an Irish family to own their own parcel of land. Many of the early settlers did find land awaiting them in British North America, or even later in America, but for the majority of immigrants that arrived as a result of the Great Potato Famine
of the late 1840s the ownership of land was often a long way off. These Irish people were initially put to work on such industrial projects as the building of bridges, canals, and railroads, or they worked at manufacturing positions within factories. Whenever they arrived, the Irish made enormous contributions to the infant nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the earliest immigrants to bearer the name of McClinchey were found through extensive research of immigration and passenger lists:
McClinchey Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Wm. McClinchey, aged 24, who settled in America from Glasgow, in 1906
- Joseph McClinchey, aged 39, who settled in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1921
- James McClinchey, aged 20, who landed in America, in 1924
Contemporary Notables of the name McClinchey (post 1700)
- Greg McClinchey, Canadian author and politician, best known for his biography on Paul Steckle, the Canadian politician entitled Stickin’ to His Guns