McEnaney History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The many Irish surnames in use today have long rich histories behind them. The name McEnaney originally appeared in Gaelic as Mac an Airchinnigh, which means son of the erenagh. The word erenagh refers to a steward of church lands. This was originally an ecclesiastical task, but was later performed by laymen, becoming a hereditary trade.

Early Origins of the McEnaney family

The surname McEnaney was first found in County Clare (Irish: An Clár) located on the west coast of Ireland in the province of Munster, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the McEnaney family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McEnaney research. Another 88 words (6 lines of text) covering the year 1172 is included under the topic Early McEnaney History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McEnaney Spelling Variations

During the Middle Ages, surname were rarely recorded except by clerks, priests and registrars. As a name was spelt by scribes solely based on how it sounded, one's name could have been recorded many different ways during the life of its bearer. Numerous spelling variations were revealed in the search for the origin of the name McEnaney family name. Variations found include MacInerny, MacInerney, Nerney, Kinnerk, Nerheny, Nertney, Nirney, McNertney, MacNertney, MacNerney and many more.

Early Notables of the McEnaney family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early McEnaney Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States McEnaney migration to the United States +

Suffering from poverty and racial discrimination, thousands of Irish families left the island in the 19th century for North America aboard cramped passenger ships. The early migrants became settlers of small tracts of land, and those that came later were often employed in the new cities or transitional work camps. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. Although the immigrants from this period were often maligned when they arrived in the United States, they provided the cheap labor that was necessary for the development of that country as an industrial power. Early immigration and passenger lists have revealed many immigrants bearing the name McEnaney:

McEnaney Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Annie McEnaney, aged 29, who immigrated to the United States from Monaghan, Ireland, in 1908
  • Mary Ann McEnaney, aged 19, who settled in America from Lisdoonan, Ireland, in 1908
  • Catherine McEnaney, aged 20, who settled in America from Monaghan, Ireland, in 1909
  • Ellen McEnaney, aged 20, who immigrated to the United States from Crossmaglen, Ireland, in 1909
  • John McEnaney, aged 35, who immigrated to the United States from Blaydon-on-Coyne, England, in 1909
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name McEnaney (post 1700) +

  • Morgan J. McEnaney, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Iowa 4th District, 1940
  • William Henry 'Will" McEnaney (b. 1952), American former Major League Baseball player
  • Séamus McEnaney, Gaelic football manager and the current manager of the Meath senior football team
  • Pat McEnaney, former inter-county Irish Gaelic football referee on Facebook
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