Surnames of Irish origin have experienced many changes in their spellings and forms. Before being translated into English, McNemearde appeared as Mac Conmara, which means "hound of the sea" or "warrior of the sea."
Early Origins of the McNemearde family
The surname McNemearde 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 McNemearde family
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McNemearde Spelling Variations
The scribes who created documents long before either the Gaelic or English language resembled their standardized versions of today recorded words as they sounded. Consequently, in the Middle Ages the names of many people were recorded under different spellings each time they were written down. Research on the McNemearde family name revealed numerous spelling variations
, including McNamara, McNamar, McNamarra, McNamard, Sheedy and many more.
Early Notables of the McNemearde family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the McNemearde family to the New World and Oceana
Under the rule of England
, land ownership in Ireland
changed dramatically, and many native Irish families
found themselves renting out land to farm from absentee owners. This was one of the prime reasons that immigration to North America began in the late 18th century: Irish farmers dreamed of owning their own parcel of land to work for themselves. At this point, the immigrants were at least of modest means for the passage across the Atlantic was often quite dear. In the 1840s the Great Potato Famine
created an exodus of people of quite different means. These people were most often destitute: they either sold anything they had to gain a passage or they were sponsored by philanthropic societies. Many of these immigrants were sick from disease and starvation: as a result many did not survive the long transatlantic journey. Although those settlers that did survive were often despised and discriminated against by people already established in these nations, they were critical to rapid development of the powerful industrial nations of the United States and the country that would later become known as Canada. An examination of immigration and passenger lists shows many persons bearing the name of McNemearde or one of its variants: Augustine McNamara who arrived in St. John's Newfoundland in 1794; Bridget, Elizabeth, James, John, Martin, Mathew, Michael, Patrick, Timothy and William McNamara, who all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860..