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The original Gaelic versions of today's Irish names demonstrate a proud, ancient past. The original Gaelic form of the name McTernan is Mac Tighearnain, which is derived from the word tighearna, which means "lord."

McTernan Early Origins



The surname McTernan was first found in County Cavan, at Tullyhunco where the "Annals of the Four Masters" show no fewer than 33 Tiernans. Almost all were Chiefs of Teallach Donnchadha. Despite their high ranking, their exploits were not well documented from 1250-1550. One must presume that they ruled with compassion and understanding and were amiable to their fellow man. The "Mac" prefix of the name is typically spelt "MacTernan" or "McTernan" and is usually found in the Cavan- Leitrim area of Ireland.

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McTernan Spelling Variations


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McTernan Spelling Variations



Many spelling variations of the surname McTernan can be found in the archives. One reason for these variations is that ancient scribes and church officials recorded names as they were pronounced, often resulting in a single person being recorded under several different spellings. The different spellings that were found include Tiernan, Tierman, Ternan, Kiernan and others.

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McTernan Early History


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McTernan Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McTernan research. Another 174 words (12 lines of text) covering the year 1800 is included under the topic Early McTernan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McTernan Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McTernan Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Ireland became inhospitable for many native Irish families in the 19th centuries. Poverty, lack of opportunities, high rents, and discrimination forced thousands to leave the island for North Ameri ca. The largest exodus of Irish settlers occurred with the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. For these immigrants the journey to British North America and the United States was long and dangerous and many did not live to see the shores of those new lands. Those who did make it were essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest and most powerful nations of the world. These Irish immigrants were not only important for peopling the new settlements and cities, they also provided the manpower needed for the many industrial and agricultural projects so essential to these growing nations. Immigration and passenger lists have documented the arrival of various people bearing the name McTernan to North America:

McTernan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Bridget McTernan, who landed in New York, NY in 1817
  • Mary McTernan, who arrived in New York, NY in 1817

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Contemporary Notables of the name McTernan (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name McTernan (post 1700)



  • John McTernan, American-born, Australian Logie Award winning actor
  • Brian McTernan, American record producer in Baltimore, Maryland
  • John McTernan, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Kings County 2nd District, 1880-81
  • Hugh A. McTernan, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Kings County 1st District, 1890
  • Francis J. McTernan Jr., American politician, Representative from California 4th District, 1948
  • John McTernan (b. 1959), British politician, political strategist and commentator

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    2. MacLysaght, Edward. Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7).
    3. Fitzgerald, Thomas W. Ireland and Her People A Library of Irish Biography 5 Volumes. Chicago: Fitzgerald. Print.
    4. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    5. Woodham-Smith, Cecil. The Great Hunger Ireland 1845-1849. New York: Old Town Books, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-385-3).
    6. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    7. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    8. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    9. Harris, Ruth-Ann and B. Emer O'Keefe. The Search for Missing Friends Irish Immigrant Advertisements Placed in the Boston Pilot Volume II 1851-1853. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1991. Print.
    10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
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    The McTernan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McTernan Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 30 May 2016 at 13:59.

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