The many Irish surnames in use today have long rich histories behind them. The name McEnany 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.
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One explanation for the many variations is that scribes and church officials frequently spelled the name as it sounded: an imprecise method at best. Understandably then, various spellings of the surname McEnany were found in the many archives researched. These included MacInerny, MacInerney, Nerney, Kinnerk, Nerheny, Nertney, Nirney, McNertney, MacNertney, MacNerney and many more.
Early Notables of the McEnany family (pre 1700)
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Irish immigrants began to leave the English-controlled Ireland in sizable numbers during the late 18th century. Many of these Irish immigrated to British North America or the United States in the hopes of gaining their own tract of farmland. This pattern of migration grew steadily until the 1840s when the Great Potato Famine caused a great exodus of immigrants to North America. These immigrants differed from their predecessors in that they were desperately fleeing the disease and starvation that plagued their homeland, and many were entirely destitute when they arrived in North America. Although these penniless immigrants were not warmly welcomed when they arrived, they were critical to the rapid development of the United States and what would become known as Canada. Many went to populate the western frontiers and others provided the cheap labor the new manufacturing sector and the building of bridges, roads, railways, and canals required. A thorough examination of immigration and passenger lists has revealed some of the earliest people to arrive in North America with name McEnany or one of its variants:
McEnany Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Thomas J. McEnany, aged 32, originally from Cuba, who arrived in New York in 1894 aboard the ship "Saratoga" from Havana, Cuba 
Nicholas McEnany, aged 45, who arrived in New York in 1896 aboard the ship "Lucania" from Liverpool, England
Peter McEnany, aged 21, who arrived in New York in 1896 aboard the ship "Lucania" from Liverpool, England
McEnany Settlers in United States in the 20th Century