The McMenemy 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 McMenemy family
The surname McMenemy 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
, 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.
Early History of the McMenemy family
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McMenemy Spelling Variations
of this family name include: McNemanin, McManamon, McMenamy, McManaway, McManamin, McManamy, McMenamen, McMenemen, McMenimin and many more.
Early Notables of the McMenemy family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the McMenemy family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Daniel McMenamen, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1777; John McMenaman, who came to St. John, N.B. sometime between 1833 and 1838; James McMenamin, who settled in Philadelphia in 1838.
Contemporary Notables of the name McMenemy (post 1700)
- Dorian McMenemy (1996-2012), Dominican Republic competitive swimmer at the 2012 Summer Olympics
- Simon McMenemy (b. 1977), English football manager
- Shayne McMenemy (b. 1976), Australian rugby league player
- Neil McMenemy (1967-1990), Scottish retired triple jumper who competed in the 1990s
- Lawrie McMenemy MBE (b. 1936), English footballer and manager, one of the twenty most successful managers in post-war English football
- James "Jimmy" McMenemy (1880-1965), Scottish footballer and later assistant manager to Willie Maley in 1934
- Harry McMenemy (b. 1912), Scottish footballer from Glasgow, Scotland who made nearly 150 appearances in the Football League