The many Irish surnames in use today have long rich histories behind them. The name McNarney 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 McNarney family
The surname McNarney 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 McNarney family
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McNarney Spelling Variations
The recording of names in Ireland
in the Middle Ages was an inconsistent endeavor at best. The standardized literary languages of today were not yet reached. Research into the name McNarney revealed spelling variations
, including MacInerny, MacInerney, Nerney, Kinnerk, Nerheny, Nertney, Nirney, McNertney, MacNertney, MacNerney and many more.
Early Notables of the McNarney family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the McNarney family to the New World and Oceana
The 18th and 19th centuries saw many Irish families
immigrate to North America in search of land and opportunities. The largest influx of Irish immigrants to the United States and British North America came during the 1840s when the Great Potato Famine
laid waste to their homeland. Hundreds of thousands left the island in an attempt to escape the starvation and disease it brought. Although the arrival of such a large number of destitute Irish was not welcomed by the established population in the United States and what would become known as Canada at the time, these Irish were an essential element to the rapid development of these growing industrial nations. They filled the demand for the cheap labor needed for the work in factories and in the construction of bridges, roads, canals, and railways. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has revealed many immigrants bearing the name of McNarney or one of its variants:
McNarney Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- William H. McNarney, aged 27, arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Toloa" from Belfast via Greenock CITATION[CLOSE]
"New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6DM-K3X : 6 December 2014), William H. McNarney, 12 May 1920; citing departure port Belfast via Greenock, arrival port New York, ship name Toloa, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
- William B. Mc Narney, aged 29, arrived in New York in 1922 aboard the ship "Editor" from Havre, France CITATION[CLOSE]
"New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JNV7-LWT : 6 December 2014), William B. Mc Narney, 07 Oct 1922; citing departure port Havre, France, arrival port New York, ship name Editor, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
McNarney Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Mary McNarney, aged 50, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "Lady Ann"
Contemporary Notables of the name McNarney (post 1700)
- General Joseph Taggart McNarney (1893-1972), American Chief of the Department of Defense Management Committee (1949-1952) CITATION[CLOSE]
Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2013, May 9) Joseph McNarney. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/McNarney/Joseph_Taggart/USA.html