The many Irish surnames in use today have long rich histories behind them. The name Neans originally appeared in Gaelic as Mac an Airchinnigh, which means son of the erenagh. The word erenagh refers to a steward of church lands. This was originally an ecclesiastical task, but was later performed by laymen, becoming a hereditary trade.
from ancient times.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Neans research.Another 88 words (6 lines of text) covering the year 1172 is included under the topic Early Neans History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Up until the mid twentieth century, surnames throughout the world were recorded by scribes with little regard of spelling. Scribes recorded the name as they thought the surname should be spelt. Names, therefore, often had many spelling variations
. The variations of the name Neans include: MacInerny, MacInerney, Nerney, Kinnerk, Nerheny, Nertney, Nirney, McNertney, MacNertney, MacNerney and many more.
Many Irish families
boarded ships bound for North America in the middle of 19th century to escape the conditions of poverty and racial discrimination at that time. Although these immigrants often arrived in a destitute state, they went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. An inquiry into many immigration and passenger lists has revealed many early immigrants to North America bearing the Neans family name: Pat and Thomas McInerheny settled in Canada in 1847; Dennis, John, and Margaret McInerny arrived in Philadelphia in 1854; Denis, John, and Thomas McInnerney arrived in Philadelphia in 1866..