Surnames of Irish origin have experienced many changes in their spellings and forms. Before being translated into English, McNemara appeared as Mac Conmara, which means "hound of the sea" or "warrior of the sea."
Early Origins of the McNemara family
The surname McNemara was first found in County Clare
(Irish: An Clár) located on the west coast of Ireland
in the province of Munster
, where MacConmara or MacNamara was chief of the territory of Clan
Caisin, now the barony of Tullagh. The family was also sometimes styled chiefs of Clan
Cuilean; derived from Cuilean, one of their chiefs in the eighth century. This ancient family have traditionally held the high office of hereditary marshals of Thomond.
Early History of the McNemara family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McNemara research.Another 271 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1402, 1426, 1402, 1797, 1768 and 1826 are included under the topic Early McNemara History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
McNemara Spelling Variations
Names during the Middle Ages were typically recorded as they sounded and in many cases, one's surname spelling changed with each record. Spelling variations
revealed in the search for the origin of the McNemara family name include McNamara, McNamar, McNamarra, McNamard, Sheedy and many more.
Early Notables of the McNemara family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the McNemara family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
McNemara Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Matthew McNemara, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749-1752