Last name: Clancy
This famous Irish clan surname originally MacClancy, has a world wide reputation for being in the thick of the fighting. This is not perhaps surprising as the name would seem to translate as 'the son of the red warrior' from the gaelic 'Mac Fhlannchaidh'. Certainly there has hardly been a time in Irish history, when a Clancy has not been involved. There are two main septs, the most important being centred on County Clare, and the village of Cahermacclancy, and to some extent the surrounding counties of Galway and Tipperary, whilst a smaller group can be found in Co Leitrim. The original 'Mac' prefix was lost in the 17th century, but of late some nameholders have readopted it. The head of the Leitrim MacClancy sept is known as 'the Chief of Dartry'. Up to the second seige of Limerick in 1691, the clan was very powerful in the West of Ireland. Thereafter many influential members took service abroad mainly as 'Wild Geese' and members of the French Irish brigades. The name has also been recorded in England from the 17th century, examples include Daniel Clansee, a witness at the church of St Katherines by the Tower, London, on April 22nd 1694, and (another) Daniel Clancy, believed to be the son of the first Daniel, who married Martha Beesley at St Benets, Pauls Wharf, London, on February 11th 1723. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Boetius MacFhlannchaidh, which was dated 1543, the rolls of the Clan O'Brien, during the reign of King Henry V111, known as 'Bluff King Hal' 1510 - 1547. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.
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Interesting reading about the family history as I didn't think we had one. Love to you my Clancy brothers and sisters
My father came from County Clare and certainly had a fighting spirit encouraging me to take up boxing in my youth. That fighting spirit has remained with me but I swapped the gloves for a pen.
hi to all the Clancys, i live in liverpool my great grandfather was from wexford,
Kim Clancy DiNallo
I am a Clancy with my great Grandfather coming from County Cork area.
william james clancy
My grandfather William came from Ireland and all of the family I know of settled in Connecticut in the USA. My best wishes to my brethren out there.
Florida - USA. We have spread 'round the globe.
My family is from South Philadelphia. My father was one of 9, and will be 80 years old soon. Healthy as can be. We're not sure about were his father was born, as he did not talk much about his past. Hello to all the Clancys out there ... Pay attention to the old black and white movies ... in almost every one there is a police officer (with brogue) named Clancy .... xo
My grandfather was from Portugal, my father is from New Zealand and i'm from Australia. We are every where! Love to all my Clancy brother's and sister's out there
Is great to learn about roots! <3 to all the Clancy Clan!!! Hail!
wow so many of us
John Clancy Jr
Wish i knew which county my Clancy branch comes from. Would love to have a kilt made.
From Canada. Grandfather was born in Ireland
WOW I have been searching for this scroll forever. My ancestors are from County Clare. I really hope I can find more.