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Where did the Irish McInerney family come from? What is the Irish McInerney family crest and coat of arms? When did the McInerney family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the McInerney family history?

The many Irish surnames in use today have long rich histories behind them. The name McInerney 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.


Irish names recorded during the Middle Ages are characterized by many spelling variations. This preponderance of variations for common names can be explained by the fact that the scribes and church officials that kept records during that period individually decided how to capture one's name. These recorders primarily based their decisions on how the name was pronounced or what it meant. Research into the name McInerney revealed many variations, including MacInerny, MacInerney, Nerney, Kinnerk, Nerheny, Nertney, Nirney, McNertney, MacNertney, MacNerney and many more.

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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McInerney research. Another 222 words(16 lines of text) covering the year 1172 is included under the topic Early McInerney History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early McInerney Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Many Irish families boarded ships bound for North America in the middle of 19th century to escape the conditions of poverty and racial discrimination at that time. Although these immigrants often arrived in a destitute state, they went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. An inquiry into many immigration and passenger lists has revealed many early immigrants to North America bearing the McInerney family name:

McInerney Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Martin McInerney, who landed in New York in 1853

McInerney Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Dennis McInerney, aged 20, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Sir Edward Parry"
  • James McInerney, aged 46, a farm labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Sir Edward Parry"
  • James McInerney, aged 18, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Sir Edward Parry"
  • Patrick McInerney, aged 24, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Sir Edward Parry"
  • Mary McInerney, aged 22, a farm servant, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Sir Edward Parry"

McInerney Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Thomas McInerney, aged 29, a farm labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oxford" in 1874


  • John Barrett McInerney Jr. (b. 1955), American writer
  • John "Jack" McInerney (b. 1992), American soccer player
  • Thomas G. McInerney (b. 1937), retired United States Air Force Lieutenant General
  • Bernie McInerney (b. 1936), American character actor
  • Nick McInerney (b. 1897), American football player who played eight seasons for the Chicago Cardinals (1920-1927)
  • Vice Admiral Francis X. McInerney (1899-1956), American naval officer, eponym of the USS McInerney (FFG-8), an Oliver Hazard Perry class guided-missile frigate
  • Ryan McInerney (b. 1976), American President of Visa Inc
  • Gerry McInerney (b. 1965), retired Irish sportsperson
  • Paddy McInerney (1895-1983), Irish sportsperson
  • Shane McInerney, Australian rules football field umpire



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The McInerney Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McInerney 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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