McNarney History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McNarney research. Another 88 words (6 lines of text) covering the year 1172 is included under the topic Early McNarney History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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)

More information is included under the topic Early McNarney Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States McNarney migration to the United States +

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 [1]
  • William B. Mc Narney, aged 29, arrived in New York in 1922 aboard the ship "Editor" from Havre, France [2]

Australia McNarney migration to Australia +

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

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) [3]




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