The Irish surnames in use today are underpinned by a multitude of rich histories. The name O'Klancys 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'Klancys family
The surname O'Klancys 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'Klancys family
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O'Klancys 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'Klancys revealed spelling variations
, including Clancy, Clancey, Clanchey, Clanchy, Clansey and many more.
Early Notables of the O'Klancys family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the O'Klancys family to the New World and Oceana
began to immigrate to British North America and the United States in the 18th century, but the greatest influx of Irish immigrants came during the Great Potato Famine
of the late 1840s. The earlier settlers came to North America after a great deal of consideration and by paying relatively high fees for their passage. These settlers were primarily drawn by the promise of land. Those later settlers that came during the 1840's were trying to escape the conditions of poverty, starvation, disease, and death that had stricken Ireland
. Due to the enormity of their numbers and the late date of their arrival, these immigrants primarily became hired laborers instead of homesteading settlers like their predecessors. An exhaustive search of immigration and passenger lists has revealed many Irish immigrants North America bearing the name O'Klancys: 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.