McMenamin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The McMenamin surname is an Anglicized form of the Gaelic "Mac Meanman," a patronymic surname, created from the personal (first) name Meanma, which means "spirited."

Early Origins of the McMenamin family

The surname McMenamin was first found in Tirconnell (Irish: Tír Chonaill) present day Donegal, located in Northwestn Ireland in the province of Ulster, where they held a family seat as Chiefs in that territory. Irish history, after the Norman Conquest of England, was strongly influenced by the invasion of Strongbow in 1172. Many Irish clanns, sept names were intermixed and family groupings became almost indistinguishable. This family name was found later in Mayo and in Donegal at Letterkenny and Ballybofey. Still later they branched to Tyrone at Omagh Union.

Important Dates for the McMenamin family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McMenamin research. Another 80 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McMenamin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McMenamin Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: McNemanin, McManamon, McMenamy, McManaway, McManamin, McManamy, McMenamen, McMenemen, McMenimin and many more.

Early Notables of the McMenamin family (pre 1700)

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McMenamin migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McMenamin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James McMenamin, who settled in Philadelphia in 1838
  • Daniel McMenamin, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1850
  • David McMenamin, who settled in Philadelphia in 1853
  • Bridget McMenamin, who settled in Philadelphia in 1861
  • Hannah McMenamin, aged 20, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1864 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

McMenamin migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McMenamin Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Ann McMenamin, age 4, who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1847
  • Fanny McMenamin, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1852
  • Henry McMenamin, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1854

Contemporary Notables of the name McMenamin (post 1700)

  • Brigadier General Joseph J. McMenamin, American general officer in the United States Marine Corps
  • Brian McMenamin (b. 1957), American businessperson and philanthropist, co-founder of the McMenamins restaurant and brewpub chain in 1983
  • Mark A. S. McMenamin, American professor of geology at Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Massachusetts
  • Ciarán McMenamin (b. 1975), Irish actor, best known for playing Matt Anderson on the science fiction series Primeval
  • Professor Paul Gerard McMenamin (b. 1956), Australian academic and researcher
  • James Hugh McMenamin (1910-2000), Australian cricket umpire from Paddington, New South Wales
  • Ryan "Ricey" McMenamin, Canadian-born, Irish Gaelic footballer
  • Chris McMenamin (b. 1989), Scottish footballer
  • Colin McMenamin (b. 1981), Scottish professional footballer

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Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
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