Today's Irish surnames are underpinned by a multitude of rich histories. The name McEnulty originally appeared in Gaelic as Mac an Ultaigh, which is derived from Ultach, which means Ulsterman.
Early Origins of the McEnulty family
The surname McEnulty was first found in County Donegal
(Irish: Dún na nGall), northwest Ireland
in the province of Ulster
, sometimes referred to as County Tyrconnel, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the McEnulty family
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McEnulty Spelling Variations
Many spelling variations
of the surname McEnulty can be found in the archives. One reason for these variations is that ancient scribes and church officials recorded names as they were pronounced, often resulting in a single person being recorded under several different spellings. The different spellings that were found include McNulty, McAnulty, McNull and others.
Early Notables of the McEnulty family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the McEnulty family to the New World and Oceana
In the 19th century, thousands of Irish left their English-occupied homeland for North America. Like most new world settlers, the Irish initially settled on the eastern shores of the continent but began to move westward with the promise of owning land. The height of this Irish migration came during the Great Potato Famine
of the late 1840s. With apparently nothing to lose, Irish people left on ships bound for North America and Australia
. Unfortunately a great many of these passengers lost their lives - the only thing many had left - to disease, starvation, and accidents during the long and dangerous journey. Those who did safely arrive in "the land of opportunities" were often used for the hard labor of building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. The Irish were critical to the quick development of the infrastructure of the United States and Canada. Passenger and immigration lists indicate that members of the McEnulty family came to North America quite early: Charles, Edward, Francis, James, John, Michael, Patrick, Peter, Thomas and William McNulty all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860.