The Irish surnames in use today are underpinned by a multitude of rich histories. The name O'Clanchy originally appeared in Gaelic as Mac Fhlannchaidh. The exact meaning of this name is undetermined; it can be translated as "son of Fhlannchadh," where "flann" means "reddish" or "ruddy." However, whether "caidh" denotes warrior as has been asserted is unknown.
Early Origins of the O'Clanchy family
The surname O'Clanchy was first found in Counties Clare and Leitrim
. The more important of the two MacClancy septs were a branch of the MacNamaras and were from the north of County Clare
, where they gave their name to Cathermacclancy. They traced their lineage from the Heber
kings, and provided hereditary brehons (judges) to the O'Briens. They were most numerous in County Clare
and the neighboring counties of Galway
. The other sept of MacClancys were indigenous to Leitrim
, and were Chiefs of Darty or Rosclogher. CITATION[CLOSE]
MacLysaght, Edward, Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7)
Early History of the O'Clanchy family
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O'Clanchy Spelling Variations
Names during the Middle Ages were often recorded under several different spelling variations
during the life of their bearers. Literacy was rare at that time and so how a person's name was recorded was decided by the individual scribe. Variations of the name O'Clanchy include Clancy, Clancey, Clanchey, Clanchy, Clansey and many more.
Early Notables of the O'Clanchy family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the O'Clanchy family to the New World and Oceana
In the late 18th century, Irish families
began emigrating to North America in the search of a plot of land to call their own. This pattern of emigration grew steadily until the 1840s when the Great Potato Famine
of the 1840s cause thousands of Irish to flee the death and disease that accompanied the disaster. Those that made it alive to the shores of the United States and British North America (later to become Canada) were, however, instrumental in the development of those two powerful nations. Many of these Irish immigrants proudly bore the name of O'Clanchy: Cornelius Clancey who settled in Barbados in 1680 with his wife and servants; Richard Clanchy settled in New York with his wife and eight children in 1820.