The Irish surnames in use today are underpinned by a multitude of rich histories. The name O'Clanseys 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'Clanseys family
The surname O'Clanseys 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'Clanseys family
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O'Clanseys Spelling Variations
The recording of names in Ireland
in the Middle Ages was an inconsistent endeavor at best. The many regional dialects and the predominate illiteracy would have made common surnames appear unrelated to the scribes of the period. Research into the name O'Clanseys revealed spelling variations
, including Clancy, Clancey, Clanchey, Clanchy, Clansey and many more.
Early Notables of the O'Clanseys family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the O'Clanseys family to the New World and Oceana
The 19th century saw a great wave of Irish migrating out of their homeland in a great measure due to the oppressive imperial policies of the English government and landowners. Many of these Irish families
sailed to North America aboard overcrowded passenger ships. By far, the largest influx of Irish immigrants to North America occurred with Great Potato Famine
during the late 1840s. These particular immigrants were instrumental in creation of the United States and Canada as major industrial nations because the many essential elements such as the roadways, canals, bridges, and railways required an enormous quantity of cheap labor, which these poor immigrants provided. Later generations of Irish in these countries also went on to make valuable contributions in such fields as the arts, commerce, politics, and education. Extensive research into immigration and passenger lists has revealed many early immigrants bearing the name O'Clanseys: 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.