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MCINERNEY Family HistoryThis ancient clan surname is recorded in the spellings of MacInerney, McInerney, McInnerny, McInnery, McErney, and Norheny, Nerney, Nertney, and others. It is Irish and originates in the province of Connaught, the derivation being from the ancient Gaelic pre 10th century surname 'Mac Erenagh' meaning 'The son of the lay lord '. In pre-medieval times an 'erenagh' was a hereditary lord of the church, one who held high secular office and property on behalf of the church, and collected all rents and tithes arising from those properties. Following the Norman Invasion of Ireland in 1170, these hereditary positions were gradually terminated, but even as late as the 17th century the 'Mac Inerney' clan was a considerable power...
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