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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 McTiernan is Mac Tighearnain, which is derived from the word tighearna, which means "lord."

McTiernan Early Origins



The surname McTiernan 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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McTiernan Spelling Variations


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McTiernan Spelling Variations



People who were accounted for by scribes and church officials often had their name recorded many different ways because pronunciation was the only guide those scribes and church officials had to go by. This resulted in the problem of one person's name being recorded under several different variations, creating the illusion of more than one person. Among the many spelling variations of the surname McTiernan that are preserved in archival documents are Tiernan, Tierman, Ternan, Kiernan and others.

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McTiernan Early History


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McTiernan Early History



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

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McTiernan Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McTiernan Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early McTiernan 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



Death and immigration greatly reduced Ireland's population in the 19th century. For the native Irish people poverty, hunger, and racial prejudice was common. Therefore, thousands left their homeland to seek opportunity in North Ameri ca. Those who survived the journey and the quarantine camps to which they arrived, were instrumental towards building the strong developing nations of the United States and the future Canada. By far, the largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. These were employed as construction or factory workers. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has shown early immigrants bearing the name McTiernan:

McTiernan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Bridget McTiernan, who arrived in New York, NY in 1833
  • James McTiernan, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1868

McTiernan Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Margaret McTiernan, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1827

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Contemporary Notables of the name McTiernan (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name McTiernan (post 1700)



  • John Campbell McTiernan Jr. (b. 1951), American film director and producer
  • Paul McTiernan (b. 1982), football player in the League of Ireland
  • George McTiernan (b. 1947), Canadian superstar of spin
  • Sir Michael Aloysius McTiernan (1892-1990), Australian jurist, lawyer and politician

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McTiernan Historic Events


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McTiernan Historic Events




Halifax Explosion

  • Mrs. Margaret  McTiernan (1845-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mrs. Mary Jane  McTiernan (1857-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mr. Bartley E.  McTiernan (1877-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Master Wilfred  McTiernan (1913-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mrs. Caroline  McTiernan (1879-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Johnson, Daniel F. Irish Emigration to New England Through the Port of Saint John, New Brunswick Canada 1841-1849. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield, 1996. Print.
    2. MacLysaght, Edward. Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7).
    3. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    4. MacLysaght, Edward. Mores Irish Familes. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0).
    5. Woodham-Smith, Cecil. The Great Hunger Ireland 1845-1849. New York: Old Town Books, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-385-3).
    6. Heraldic Scroll and Map of Family names and Origins of Ireland. Dublin: Mullins. Print.
    7. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    8. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    9. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of Ireland. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1969. Print.
    10. McDonnell, Frances. Emigrants from Ireland to America 1735-1743 A Transcription of the report of the Irish House of Commons into Enforced emigration to America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1331-5).
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    The McTiernan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McTiernan 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 5 February 2016 at 07:39.

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