McEnelly History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The original Gaelic form of McEnelly was Mac an Fhailghigh, which is derived from the word failgheach, which means poor man.
Early Origins of the McEnelly family
The surname McEnelly was first found in counties Armagh and Monaghan (Irish: Muineachán) located in the Northern part of the Republic of Ireland in the province of Ulster, where they held a family seat from ancient times.
Early History of the McEnelly family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McEnelly research. Another 100 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1120, 1653, 1680 and 1697 are included under the topic Early McEnelly History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
McEnelly Spelling Variations
The recording of names in Ireland during the Middle Ages was an inconsistent endeavor at best. Since the general population did not know how to read or write, they could only specify how their names should be recorded orally. Research into the name McEnelly revealed spelling variations, including McNally, McAnully, McAnalley, McAnally and others.
Early Notables of the McEnelly family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the McEnelly family
Irish families left their homeland in astonishing numbers during the 19th century in search of a better life. Although individual reasons vary, most of these Irish families suffered from extreme poverty, lack of work opportunities, and exorbitant rents in their homeland. Many decided to travel to Australia or North America in the hopes of finding greater opportunities and land. The Irish immigrants that came to North America initially settled on the East Coast, often in major centers such as Boston or New York. But like the many other cultures to settle in North America, the Irish traveled to almost any region they felt held greater promise; as a result, many Irish with gold fever moved all the way out to the Pacific coast. Others before that time left for land along the St. Lawrence River and the Niagara Peninsula, or the Maritimes as United Empire Loyalists, for many Irish did choose to side with the English during the American War of Independence. The earliest wave of Irish migration, however, occurred during the Great Potato Famine of the 1840s. An examination of early immigration and passenger lists has revealed many people bearing the McEnelly name: Bernard, Biddy, Charles, George, Henry John, Michal, Patrick, Thomas and William McNally all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860; Daniel, Francis and Patrick McAnully all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860.
Contemporary Notables of the name McEnelly (post 1700) +
- Thomas McEnelly, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Frontera, 1919; Buenaventura, 1922; U.S. Consul in Chihuahua, 1924-27; Barcelona, 1929-32; Dublin, 1945; U.S. Consul General in Dublin, 1945
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