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The Irish name Neary was originally written in a Gaelic form as O hInneirghe, which is derived from an adjective meaning easily roused early.
The surname Neary was first found in County Tyrone
(Irish:Tír Eoghain), the ancient territory of the O'Neills, now in the Province of Ulster
, central Northern Ireland
, where they held a family seat
at Cullentra. From here, the head of this Irish sept
extended his territories into the valley of Glenconkeiny in County Londonderry.
Those scribes in Ireland during the Middle Ages recorded names as they sounded. Consequently, in this era many people were recorded under different spellings each time their name was written down. Research on the Neary family name revealed numerous spelling variations, including O'Henry, Fitzhenry, MacHenry, MacEnery, MacEniry and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Neary research. Another 371 words (26 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1753, 1785, 1796, 1800, 1816, and 1845 are included under the topic Early Neary History in all our PDF Extended History products
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Prominent amongst the family at this time was James McHenry (1753-1816), American (Irish-born) patriot in the American Revolution; Secretary of War 1796-1800, and private secretary to...
Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Neary Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
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During the 19th century thousands of impoverished Irish families
made the long journey to British North America and the United States. These people were leaving a land that had become beset with poverty, lack of opportunity, and hunger. In North America, they hoped to find land, work, and political and religious freedoms. Although the majority of the immigrants that survived the long sea passage did make these discoveries, it was not without much perseverance and hard work: by the mid-19th century land suitable for agriculture was short supply, especially in British North America, in the east; the work available was generally low paying and physically taxing construction or factory work; and the English stereotypes concerning the Irish, although less frequent and vehement, were, nevertheless, present in the land of freedom, liberty, and equality for all men. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine
during the late 1840s. Research into passenger and immigration lists has brought forth evidence of the early members of the Neary family in North America:
Neary Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Mary Neary, aged 35, arrived in New York, NY in 1847
- Patrick Neary, aged 40, landed in New York, NY in 1847
- Margaret Neary, aged 14, landed in New York in 1849
- Daniel Neary, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1878
Neary Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Walter Neary, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Austraila
Neary Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Patrick Neary, aged 33, a carpenter, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Avalanche" in 1875
- Margaret Neary, aged 28, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Avalanche" in 1875
- Mary Neary, aged 5, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Avalanche" in 1875
- William P. Neary, American politician, Mayor of East Brunswick, New Jersey, 2007
- William J. Neary, American politician, Warden (borough president) of Naugatuck, Connecticut, 1910-12
- Thomas R. Neary, American Republican politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Naugatuck, 1936
- Thomas Neary, American Democrat politician, Candidate for South Dakota commissioner of labor statistics, 1892
- Russell F. Neary, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Bridgeport, Connecticut, 1943-66 (acting, 1943-44)
- Robert A. Neary, American Republican politician, Candidate for Justice of New York Supreme Court 9th District, 2004
- Leo E. Neary, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Pennsylvania State Senate 22nd District, 1926
- John J. Neary, American politician, Representative from New York 19th District, 1936
- John F. Neary, American politician, Member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from Luzerne County, 1889-90
- Edward J. Neary, American Republican politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Queens County 3rd District, 1920-21
- Mr. Robert Lawrence Neary (1885-1917), Canadian Brakeman for the Canadian Government Railway from Waverley, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
- Mr. Guy Patrick Neary (1890-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
- Mrs. Susan E. Neary (1895-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
- Miss Ilene Neary (1915-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
- Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
- Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
- Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
- Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
- Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
- Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
- Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
- Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
- MacLysaght, Edward. Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7).
- Woodham-Smith, Cecil. The Great Hunger Ireland 1845-1849. New York: Old Town Books, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-385-3).
The Neary Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Neary 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.
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