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.
Early History of the McInerny family
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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)
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Migration of the McInerny family to the New World and Oceana
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 emigrated to the United States from Clare, in 1895
- Katie McInerny, aged 18, who emigrated 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 emigrated 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 emigrated to the United States, in 1918
- Patrick McInerny, aged 26, who landed in America, in 1918
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"
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 CITATION[CLOSE]
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- Nicholas McInerny, Writers' Guild of Great Britain Award winning writer