Who are the
Menarys and where did they come from?
from our DNA research that people who now have the surname of
Menary, Manary, Manery, Minary, and possible other variants,
have at least two major origins.
group of modern Menarys probably have their origin in France.
Menary Rootsweb surname group was formed in 1999,
descendants from around the world began to share the stories of
their ancestors. From the
United Kingdom to the United States and Canada, from Australia
to New Zealand, many shared the common family origin story:
were two original Menary brothers, descendants of French
Huguenots, who were given land in Northern Ireland by
William of Orange around 1690.
research has found that there is a completely different genetic
group with the surname of Menary, often spelled "Menarry"
and "Manery". So
far, none of the members of group 2 have reported family stories
of ancestors coming from
O’Hara and MacLysaght, two experts on Irish surnames, the
name Menary in Ireland does indeed originate from the McNary family.
learned the name McNary, McNarry and Neary eventually became
Menarry in early records, MacLysaght believes present-day
Menarys could possibly originate from the ancient Irish family
now know that these are not the only two origins
of the name.
DNA has also
shown there are least two other small genetic groups with the
Menary surname. It will be interesting to explore what their
origin might be.
origin and however the surname is spelled, we all appear to be
led back to Ireland.
THE MENARYS IN FRANCE
ongoing research, we believe that Alexandre Menuret, a
born in Montelimar, France in 1664, who fought with William of
Orange and who lived in Dublin around 1720, is one progenitor
of the Menary name in Northern Ireland.
The Menurets of
Montelimar, Drome, France
are a well-researched family and we have lengthy notes on their
history in our private MyFamily site, open to anyone who joins
as a group member.
France, they were notaries, lawyers, and doctors and were
heavily involved in the Huguenot movement.
In a strange twist of
fate, one member of the family, Jean Menuret, became a
Protestant martyr for the
Huguenot cause in 1687. Then, a little
over one hundred years later, his great-nephew,
Father Jacques-Alexandre Menuret, a Catholic priest, was martyred for his
religion during the French Revolution in 1792.
Menuret was canonized as a saint, and his day is
THE MENARYS IN IRELAND
earliest records we have of the Menarys of Group One
origin are from a concentrated area in Armagh County.
earliest records of another group of Menarys (perhaps Group
Two), their name originally being McNary, were in
Donacloney, County Down from the early 1600s.
the family spread outward, living in several different parishes
in Armagh and Tyrone. Most were weavers by trade, while some
were small farmers.
Ireland experienced much political unrest and adverse economic
conditions, including a series of potato famines in the 1800s.
population began to migrate in huge numbers to other parts of
the world and the Menarys were part of this movement.
found descendants all over the world -- Scotland, England,
Canada, the United States, Australia, and New Zealand as well as
a few in other places such as South Africa, Hong Kong, and even
Many Menarys, however, stayed in Ireland
and some are still living in central Armagh, Northern Ireland.
MENARYS IN OTHER PARTS OF THE WORLD*
Menarys seem to have gone back and forth to Scotland.
ones we know of moved to Scotland about 1810 and another in
1833, although the latter left and emigrated to Canada in 1841.
name is known in England and further research should show us the
origin and how long the family has been there.
records we have of the Menary family emigrations is of Hugh
McNary (eventually spelled “Menary” and other variants) from
Scotland to New Jersey before 1751.
John and Gilbert Mannary from Ulster emigrated to the Huguenot
settlement in Charlestown, South Carolina.
families arrived later at various destinations, and some
Canadian Menarys moved across the border to the US.
appears to have been the destination of choice, as the greatest
number of Menary immigrants came here.
tricklings of Menarys from Ireland occurred around 1820,
increasing in the 1830s, many during the potato famine apex in
the 1840s, and continuing into the 1850s and later.
families settled in Ontario to begin with, in many different
The first to
emigrate and settle in Australia was in 1846, when two separate
families arrived and settled in different locations. In 1884,
another Menary arrived and settled.
As far as we
know, one group of Menarys emigrated to New Zealand, arriving at
the Bay of Islands in 1840.
page for more precise information on the places
different major groups emigrated.