The Clan/Sept History
The Irish name MacEniry 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
simply because their bearers were illiterate. Consequently, in this era many
people were recorded under different spellings each time their name was written
Down. Research on the MacEniry family name revealed numerous spelling
variations, including O'Henry, Fitzhenry, MacHenry, MacEnery, MacEniry and
First found in County Tyrone, where they were seated at Cullentra. From here,
the head of this Irish sept extended his territories into the valley of
Glenconkeiny in county Derry.
Thousands of Irish Families left for North American shores in the 19th century.
These people were searching for a life unencumbered with poverty, hunger, and
racial discrimination. Many arrived to eventually find such conditions, but many
others simply did not arrive: victims of the diseased, overcrowded ships in
which they traveled to the New World. Those who lived to see North American
shores were instrumental in the development of the growing nations of Canada and
the United States. A thorough examination of passenger and immigration lists has
disclosed evidence of many early immigrants of the name MacEniry: Francis
McHenry, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1738; James McHenry, who settled in
Savannah, Georgia in 1820; Thomas FitzHenry, who settled in Pennsylvania in
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