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The Irish name McHenry was originally written in a Gaelic form as O hInneirghe, which is derived from an adjective meaning easily roused early.

McHenry Early Origins



The surname McHenry was first found in County Tyrone (Irish:Tír Eoghain), the ancient territory of the O'Neills, now in the Province of Ulster, central Northern Ireland, where they held a family seat at Cullentra. From here, the head of this Irish sept extended his territories into the valley of Glenconkeiny in County Londonderry.

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McHenry Spelling Variations


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McHenry Spelling Variations



Within the archives researched, many different spelling variations of the surname McHenry were found. These included One reason for the many variations is that scribes and church officials often spelled an individual's name as it sounded. This imprecise method often led to many versions. O'Henry, Fitzhenry, MacHenry, MacEnery, MacEniry and others.

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McHenry Early History


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McHenry Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McHenry research. Another 371 words (26 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1753, 1785, 1796, 1800, 1816, and 1845 are included under the topic Early McHenry History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McHenry Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McHenry Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent amongst the family at this time was James McHenry (1753-1816), American (Irish-born) patriot in the American Revolution; Secretary of War 1796-1800, and private secretary to...

Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McHenry Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



A massive amount of Ireland's native population left the island in the 19th century for North America and Australia in hopes of finding more opportunities and an escape from discrimination and oppression. A great portion of these migrants arrived on the eastern shores of the North American continent. Although they were generally poor and destitute, and, therefore, again discriminated against, these Irish people were heartily welcomed for the hard labor involved in the construction of railroads, canals, roadways, and buildings. Many others were put to work in the newly established factories or agricultural projects that were so essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest nations in the world. The Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s initiated the largest wave of Iris immigration. Early North American immigration and passenger lists have revealed a number of people bearing the name McHenry or a variant listed above:

McHenry Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Murtagh McHenry, who landed in Maryland in 1659

McHenry Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Francis McHenry, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1738
  • Isaac McHenry, who arrived in America in 1770

McHenry Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Daniel McHenry, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1802
  • Elnr McHenry, who landed in America in 1805
  • Aran McHenry, who landed in America in 1805
  • Dan McHenry, who landed in America in 1805
  • Alex McHenry, aged 50, landed in Tennessee in 1812
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

McHenry Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Henry McHenry, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1820
  • Betty McHenry, aged 65, arrived in Quebec in 1834
  • Patrick McHenry, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1843

McHenry Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • George McHenry arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Morley" in 1840 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MORLEY 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Morley.htm
  • Margaret McHenry, aged 25, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Wanderer"
  • Margaret McHenry, aged 18, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "John Banks"

McHenry Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Daniel McHenry, aged 19, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waimea" in 1876

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Contemporary Notables of the name McHenry (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name McHenry (post 1700)



  • Henry Lloyd McHenry (1910-1981), American Negro League Baseball right-handed pitcher and outfielder from 1930 to 1951
  • Edwin Harrison McHenry (1859-1931), American railroad executive, 4th Vice-President of the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad, 1st Vice-President of the Consolidated Railway of Hartford, Connecticut, Chief Engineer of the Canadian Pacific Railway
  • Austin Bush McHenry (1894-1922), American Major League Baseball outfielder who played for the St. Louis Cardinals (1918-1922)
  • James McHenry (1753-1816), American statesman, signer of the United States Constitution from Maryland, eponym of Fort McHenry, third United States Secretary of War (1796–1800)
  • William McHenry (1771-1835), American soldier and politician, eponym of McHenry County, Illinois
  • Doug McHenry, American two-time Black Reel Award nominated film director and producer
  • Patrick Timothy McHenry (b. 1975), American Representative for North Carolina's 10th congressional district
  • Robert McHenry (b. 1945), American editor, encyclopedist, and writer
  • Mary Williamson McHenry (b. 1933), American literary scholar
  • Henry Malcolm McHenry (b. 1944), American professor of anthropology
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name McHenry


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Suggested Readings for the name McHenry



  • One Line of the McHenry Clan by Shirley McElroy Bucknum.

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Citations


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  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MORLEY 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Morley.htm

Other References

  1. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  2. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  3. McDonnell, Frances. Emigrants from Ireland to America 1735-1743 A Transcription of the report of the Irish House of Commons into Enforced emigration to America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1331-5).
  4. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  5. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  6. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1978. Print.
  7. Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
  8. Tepper, Michael Ed & Elizabeth P. Bentley Transcriber. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Philadelphia 1800-1819. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1986. Print.
  9. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
  11. ...

The McHenry Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McHenry Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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