The spelling and overall form of Irish names tend to vary widely over time. The original Gaelic form of the name Minagh is O'Cinneide, which is derived from the words "ceann," which means "head," and "éidigh," which means "helmet."
Early Origins of the Minagh family
The surname Minagh was first found in County Tipperary
(Irish: Thiobraid Árann), established in the 13th century in South-central Ireland
, in the province of Munster
. This distinguished Irish family were descended from Kennedy, nephew of King Brian Boru, Ireland's great Warrior King who fell in the battle of Clontarf in the year 1014.
Early History of the Minagh family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Minagh research.Another 133 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1615 and 1685 are included under the topic Early Minagh History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Minagh Spelling Variations
Within archives, many different spelling variations
exist for the surname Minagh. Ancient scribes and church officials recorded names as they were pronounced, often resulting in the name of the single person being recorded under several different spellings. Different spellings that were found include Kennedy, Minagh, Kennady, O'Kennedy and others.
Early Notables of the Minagh family (pre 1700)
Prominent amongst the family at this time was Mathew Kennedy, who was forced to leave Ireland
for France after the Fall of Limerick; Sir Robert Kennedy, 1st Baronet
, an official of the... Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Minagh Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Minagh family to the New World and Oceana
North America accepted thousands of Irish immigrants during the 19th century as their homeland suffered under foreign imperialistic rule. Although settlers from the early portion of the century came to North America by choice in search of land, by far the largest influx of Irish immigrants came to North America during the Great Potato Famine
of the late 1840s. Many of these Irish families
left the country destitute and in some cases suffering from disease. However, those who survived the long ocean voyage were especially vital to the development of industry in the United States and what would become known as Canada. Research of immigration and passenger lists has shown many early immigrants bearing the name Minagh: Teage O'Kenedy, who arrived in Virginia in 1666; Ffergos Kenedey, a Scotch-Irish settler in New England
in 1718; David Kennedy, who arrived in Boston in 1737.