McInerny History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the McInerny family

The surname McInerny was 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.

Important Dates for the McInerny family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McInerny research. Another 88 words (6 lines of text) covering the year 1172 is included under the topic Early McInerny History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McInerny Spelling Variations

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 McInerny 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 McInerny family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early McInerny Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McInerny migration to the United States

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 McInerny or one of its variants:

McInerny Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Dennis, John, and Margaret McInerny, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1854
  • Patrick McInerny, aged 24, who immigrated to the United States from Clare, in 1895
  • Katie McInerny, aged 18, who immigrated to America, in 1896
McInerny Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • John McInerny, aged 24, who landed in America from Limerick, in 1901
  • Annie McInerny, aged 18, who immigrated to the United States from Tullaback, Ireland, in 1911
  • Bridget McInerny, aged 18, who settled in America from Granard, Ireland, in 1911
  • John McInerny, aged 17, who immigrated to the United States, in 1918
  • Patrick McInerny, aged 26, who landed in America, in 1918

McInerny migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

McInerny Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mary McInerny, aged 24, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "Lady Ann"

McInerny migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

McInerny Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Mcinerny, British settler travelling from Gravesend, UK aboard the ship "Anne Longton" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 9th October 1857 [1]
  • Mrs. Ellen Mcinerny, British settler travelling from Gravesend, UK aboard the ship "Anne Longton" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 9th October 1857 [1]
  • Mr. James Mcinerny, British settler travelling from Gravesend, UK aboard the ship "Anne Longton" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 9th October 1857 [1]
  • Mr. Patrick Mcinerny, British settler travelling from Gravesend, UK aboard the ship "Anne Longton" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 9th October 1857 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name McInerny (post 1700)

  • Ralph Matthew McInerny (1929-2010), American Roman Catholic philosopher
  • William H. McInerny, American Republican politician, Member of Hawaii Territorial Senate 3rd District, 1923 [2]
  • Nicholas McInerny, Writers' Guild of Great Britain Award winning writer

Citations

  1. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 10) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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