The Irish surnames in use today are underpinned by a multitude of rich histories. The name O'Clanshy 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'Clanshy family
The surname O'Clanshy 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'Clanshy family
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O'Clanshy Spelling Variations
Because early scribes and church officials often spelled names as they sounded, a person could have many various spellings of his name.Many different spelling variations
of the surname O'Clanshy were found in the archives researched. These included Clancy, Clancey, Clanchey, Clanchy, Clansey and many more.
Early Notables of the O'Clanshy family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the O'Clanshy family to the New World and Oceana
A massive wave of Irish immigrants hit North America during the 19th century. Although many early Irish immigrants made a carefully planned decision to leave left Ireland
for the promise of free land, by the 1840s immigrants were fleeing a famine stricken land in desperation. The condition of Ireland
during the Great Potato Famine
of the late 1840s can be attributed to a rapidly expanding population and English imperial policies. Those Irish families
that arrived in North America were essential to its rapid social, industrial, and economic development. Passenger and immigration lists have revealed a number of early Irish immigrants bearing the name O'Clanshy: 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.