Surnames of Irish origin have experienced many changes in their spellings and forms. Before being translated into English, Namara appeared as Mac Conmara, which means "hound of the sea" or "warrior of the sea."
Early Origins of the Namara family
The surname Namara 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 Namara family
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Namara Spelling Variations
Up until the mid twentieth century, surnames throughout the world were recorded by scribes with little regard of spelling. They recorded the name as they thought the surname should be spelt. Accordingly, research into the name Namara revealed spelling variations
, including McNamara, McNamar, McNamarra, McNamard, Sheedy and many more.
Early Notables of the Namara family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Namara 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 Namara:
Namara Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Henry Namara, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1812 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
Namara Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century