Show ContentsMcInery History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the McInery family

The surname McInery 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.

Meilor Fitzhenry (d. 1220), was "Justiciar of Ireland, was the son of Henry, the bastard son of King Henry I, by Nesta, the wife of Gerald of Windsor, and the daughter of Rhys ab Tewdwr, king of South Wales. He was thus the first cousin of Henry II, and related to the noblest Norman and native families of South Wales. " [1]

Early History of the McInery family

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McInery Spelling Variations

Just like the English language, the Gaelic language of Ireland was not standardized in the Middle Ages. Therefore, one's name was often recorded under several different spellings during the life of its bearer. Spelling variations revealed in the search for the origins of the McInery family name include O'Henry, Fitzhenry, MacHenry, MacEnery, MacEniry and others.

Early Notables of the McInery family (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...
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Australia McInery migration to Australia +

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

McInery Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Mcinery, (McInnery), (b. 1805), aged 21, Irish water man who was convicted in Limerick, Ireland for 7 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Boyne" on 28th October 1826, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [2]
  • Mary McInery, aged 22, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Grand Trianon"
  • William McInery, aged 26, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Nugget" [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name McInery (post 1700) +

  • Thomas McInery, American politician, Member of California State Assembly 9th District, 1875-77 [4]

  1. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  2. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 27th October 2020). Retrieved from
  3. South Australian Register. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Nugget 1858. Retrieved
  4. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 10) . Retrieved from on Facebook