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The original Gaelic form of McNamee was Mac Conmidhe, which means hound of Meath.

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The surname McNamee was first found in county Westmeath (Irish: An Iarmhí) in the Irish Midlands, province of Leinster, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

The recording of names in Ireland during the Middle Ages was an inconsistent endeavor at best. Since the general population did not know how to read or write, they could only specify how their names should be recorded orally. Research into the name McNamee revealed spelling variations, including McNamee, McNanamy, McNammee, McName, McNanny and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McNamee research. Another 386 words (28 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McNamee History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Irish families left their homeland in astonishing numbers during the 19th century in search of a better life. Although individual reasons vary, most of these Irish families suffered from extreme poverty, lack of work opportunities, and exorbitant rents in their homeland. Many decided to travel to Australia or North America in the hopes of finding greater opportunities and land. The Irish immigrants that came to North America initially settled on the East Coast, often in major centers such as Boston or New York. But like the many other cultures to settle in North America, the Irish traveled to almost any region they felt held greater promise; as a result, many Irish with gold fever moved all the way out to the Pacific coast. Others before that time left for land along the St. Lawrence River and the Niagara Peninsula, or the Maritimes as United Empire Loyalists, for many Irish did choose to side with the English during the American War of Independence. The earliest wave of Irish migration, however, occurred during the Great Potato Famine of the 1840s. An examination of early immigration and passenger lists has revealed many people bearing the McNamee name:

McNamee Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Patrick McNamee, aged 25, arrived in New York, NY in 1804
  • John McNamee, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1845
  • James McNamee, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • Francis McNamee, who landed in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania in 1852
  • Bernard, Charles, Francis, Hugh, James, John, Michael, Patrick, and Thomas McNamee all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860

McNamee Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Patrick McNamee, aged 24, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Edward Reid" in 1833
  • Biddy McNamee, aged 20, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Edward Reid" in 1833
  • Patrick McNamee, aged 29, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Protector" in 1834
  • Patrick McNamee, aged 9, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Protector" in 1834

McNamee Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Nicholas McNamee arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Trafalgar" in 1847
  • Marcella McNamee, aged 39, a housekeeper, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Standard"
  • Hugh McNamee, aged 25, a blacksmith, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Dirigo"
  • James McNamee, aged 22, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Bee"
  • Julia McNamee, aged 24, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Bee"
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  • Luke McNamee (1871-1952), American admiral and 12th Naval Governor of Guam, recipient of the Navy Cross
  • Joe McNamee (b. 1926), retired American professional NBA basketball player
  • Graham McNamee (1888-1942), American radio broadcaster
  • Eoin McNamee (b. 1961), Irish writer
  • Danny McNamee (b. 1960), Irish former electronic engineer who was wrongly convicted
  • Paul McNamee (b. 1954), retired Australian tennis player, winner of the 1982 Wimbledon Championships
  • Peter McNamee (b. 1950), retired Canadian professional WHA ice hockey forward
  • Jessica McNamee, Australian actress
  • Bernie McNamee, Canadian co-host with the CBC
  • David McNamee (b. 1980), Scottish professional footballer
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McNamee Historic Events



RMS Titanic

  • Mr. Neal McNamee (d. 1912), aged 27, English Third Class passenger from Convoy, Donegal, Ireland who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Mrs. Eileen McNamee (d. 1912), (née O'Leary), aged 19, English Third Class passenger from Salisbury, Wiltshire who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking and was recovered by CS Mackay-Bennett
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Citations



    Other References

    1. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    2. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
    3. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
    4. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    5. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    6. Johnson, Daniel F. Irish Emigration to New England Through the Port of Saint John, New Brunswick Canada 1841-1849. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield, 1996. Print.
    7. MacLysaght, Edward. Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7).
    8. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1992. Print.
    9. Harris, Ruth-Ann and B. Emer O'Keefe. The Search for Missing Friends Irish Immigrant Advertisements Placed in the Boston Pilot Volume II 1851-1853. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1991. Print.
    10. MacLysaght, Edward. Mores Irish Familes. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0).
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