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Where did the Irish Neary family come from? What is the Irish Neary family crest and coat of arms? When did the Neary family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Neary family history?

The Irish name Neary was originally written in a Gaelic form as O hInneirghe, which is derived from an adjective meaning easily roused early.


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.

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.


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.


Another 51 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Neary Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


  • J. Peter Neary (b. 1950), Irish economist and Professor of Economics
  • Liz Neary (b. 1951), retired Irish sportsperson
  • Shea Neary, Anglo-Irish former light welterweight boxer
  • Anthony "Tony" Neary (b. 1948), former England international rugby union player
  • Stephen Aloysius Neary (1925-1996), Canadian former politician and cabinet minister in Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Martin Neary LVO (b. 1940), English organist and choral conductor
  • Michael "Mike" Neary (b. 1948), Canadian Olympic rower
  • Harold Frank Neary (1921-2004), former English footballer
  • 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



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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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