Surnames of Irish origin have experienced many changes in their spellings and forms. Before being translated into English, McNemmar appeared as Mac Conmara, which means "hound of the sea" or "warrior of the sea."
Early Origins of the McNemmar family
The surname McNemmar 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 McNemmar family
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McNemmar Spelling Variations
Official documents, crafted by early scribes and church officials, primarily contained names that were spelled according to their pronunciation. This lead to the problem of one name being recorded under several different variations, creating an illusion that a single person was many people. Among the many spelling variations
of the surname McNemmar that are preserved in the archival documents of the time are McNamara, McNamar, McNamarra, McNamard, Sheedy and many more.
Early Notables of the McNemmar family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the McNemmar family to the New World and Oceana
In the 18th and 19th centuries hundreds of thousands of Irish people immigrated to North American shores. The early settlers were enticed by the promise of their own land, but they were moderately well off in Ireland
when they decided to emigrate. Therefore, they were merely carrying out a long and carefully thought out decision. The 1840s saw the emergence of a very different trend: thousands of extremely desperate people crammed into passenger boats hoping to find any type of opportunity. The Irish of this decade had seen their homeland severely stricken by crop failures which resulted in widespread disease and starvation. At whatever time the Irish immigrants came to North America, they were instrumental in the rapid development of the emerging nations of the United States and what would become known as Canada. An exhaustive search of passenger and immigration lists has revealed many persons bearing the name McNemmar, 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..