Origins Available: Irish
The surname McElhaney comes from the Irish Mac Giolla Chainnigh, meaning the son of a servant or devotee of St. Canice, also known as St. Kenny. The place name Kilkenny
, is also derived from the saint; in Irish it is Cill Chainnigh, meaning the church of St. Canice.
Early Origins of the McElhaney family
The surname McElhaney was first found in County Derry, where the sept was of the Cenel Eoghain group. The St. Canice branch of whom they were originally followers, came from Dromachose, County Derry. One of the earliest records of the name is of David de Kilkenny
, who was Bishop of Achonry, County Sligo
(1312 to 1344.) Ironically the name is not taken from the town in Leinster
or the county named Kilkenny
. References to the surname were rare throughout history. CITATION[CLOSE]
MacLysaght, Edward, More Irish Families. Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0)
Early History of the McElhaney family
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McElhaney Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Kilkenny, MacKilkenny, MacElhinny, MacElheeny, MacIlhenny and many more.
Early Notables of the McElhaney family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the McElhaney family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
McElhaney Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Rebacca McElhaney, aged 43, who arrived at Youngstown, Ohio, in 1914
- James McElhaney, aged 43, who settled in America from London, England, in 1920
- Mary S. Mc Elhaney, aged 45, who arrived in New York in 1923 aboard the ship "Araguaya" from Bermuda CITATION[CLOSE]
"New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JNJQ-G3L : 6 December 2014), Mary S. Mc Elhaney, 15 Mar 1923; citing departure port Bermuda, arrival port New York, ship name Araguaya, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
Contemporary Notables of the name McElhaney (post 1700)
- Bud McElhaney, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from North Carolina 2nd District, 1986
- James W. McElhaney, American lawyer and educator, Joseph C. Hostetler Professor Emeritus of Trial Practice and Advocacy at Case Western Reserve University's School of Law
- Douglas L. McElhaney, American diplomat, Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina (2004 to 2007)