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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Clancy obviously
Interesting reading about the family history as I didn't think we had one. Love to you my Clancy brothers and sisters

David Clancy
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.

geoff clancy
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.

John Clancy
Florida - USA. We have spread 'round the globe.

Julie Clancy
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

Jack Clancy

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

Corrina Clancy

Is great to learn about roots! <3 to all the Clancy Clan!!! Hail!

maddison clany

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.

Brant Clancy
From Canada. Grandfather was born in Ireland

Luke Clancy
WOW I have been searching for this scroll forever. My ancestors are from County Clare. I really hope I can find more.

Samantha Clancy
Wow this is so cool! I knew my last name was Irish, but I didn't know the rest!! Hello to my fellow Clancys!

hi my name is Clanchy. you don't see that too often but it was spelt that way a lot oncel. I'm Aussie. My great grandfather was transported here from Ireland around 1840.If you read this I must be doing something right. Hi to all.

Danielle Clancy
Hi my family we're from limerick my great great grandfather was a cattle baron

Christopher Clancy
I am a fifth generation Irish Canadian from Montreal, Quebec now living in Toronto, Ontario. My aunt and sister travelled to Ireland. They uncovered very little information, but what they did find out was that, our family seems to have been from County Clare. We are possibly related to Boetius Clancy. He was an MP, well educated and Sheriff of County Clare in AD 1585 I was a little perturbed to find out that he was charged by William FitzWilliam dupty Sheriff to take any Spanish captives and all spoils of any Spanish Galleons of the Armada that become wrecked on the shores of Ireland. The Spanish Armada ran into serious trouble in a storm off the coast of Ireland. In 1588 Boetius Clancy imprisoned surviving Spanish crew members of two wrecked galleons and consequently tortured them and latter had them all executed. A rather shocking revelation but not too uncommon for the the brutality of times.

Kevin Newton
Hi, I'm from New Zealand. My Mother's maiden name was Clancey and, as far as I can tell, the family is from County Clare, whether it's Doolin or Ennis I am not yet sure. I am very proud of my Irish heritage, and very proud to have such an esteemed name in my lineage.

Patrick M. Clancy
Hi my name is Patrick. I only in the last few years became very interested in my ancestry. I am sure it was my great grandparents that came over from Ireland. I have done a little research, but yet to be satisfied with what I have found. My family pretty much came from the Nebraska, and Iowa area. I now live in Oregon, been here for 50 years.

James Paul Rivers
My Great Grandfather was James Richard Clancy from County Clare; settled in West Newton, Massachusetts. House builder. His wife was Johanna Sullivan.

Paul Chinchen
What's on your mind? My Grandfather, Timothy (Tim) Clancy, on my mothers side was from Galway but moved to Birmingham England during World War Two in order to earn money camouflage painting buildings.

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