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This interesting surname is of Irish origin, and is an Anglicized form of the Old Gaelic "MacGiolla Chainnigh". The Gaelic prefix "mac" means "son of", plus "giolla", devotee of, and the saint's name "Canice". St. Canice, who came from Dromachose in County Derry, was a pupil of St. Finnian at Clonard. He founded a monastery at Aghabre in Ossory circa 577, and also had a foundation in County Kilkenny. He died in Ossory circa 600. The Mac Giolla Chainnigh sept, i.e. "sons of the followers of St. Canice" were of the Cenel Eoghain group, a collective clan name for tribes descended from Eoghan, son of Niall of the Nine Hostages, the 5th Century High King of Ireland, who were chiefly located in Counties Derry, Tyrone and Donegal.
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    John Earl McElhenny II

    My ggg grandfather, John McElhenny/McIlhenny/etc. came to the United States (Pennsylvania) in the 1840s with his brother, George. They were in Minersville, Ashland, Centralia, etc. I don't know anything about their parents or family in Ireland, but George did end up rooming with some Buchanans, Cheatleys, and others from the Letterkenny area, so their families may have known each other. I'd love to find out more and share the info I have. Be interesting to share/compare DNA to see if there's a connection.
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    Anne O’Kane

    My great, great grandfather, John McIlhenny, came from the townland of Cluntygeeragh, Parish of Dungiven, County Derry, Ireland. In the 1831 census there were 4 McElhinney, households living in this townland - John, Patrick, Thomas and Richard. I would be interested, if it were at all possible, to find out about these families. Thank you.
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    Philip Mc Elhinney

    I don't know, but the church ? there might help? I hear of my gg grandparents came from a round Dungiven, but i don't really know, could be interesting if there where, there is still a few Mc Elhinney still living around those areas, yours Philip James
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    Margaret cowie

    Hi trying to find my great grandfather Patrick macelhinney from Donegal maybe doogray
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    MCELHINNEY Family History

    This interesting surname is of Irish origin, and is an Anglicized form of the Old Gaelic "MacGiolla Chainnigh". The Gaelic prefix "mac" means "son of", plus "giolla", devotee of, and the saint's name "Canice". St. Canice, who came from Dromachose in County Derry, was a pupil of St. Finnian at Clonard. He founded a monastery at Aghabre in Ossory circa 577, and also had a foundation in County Kilkenny. He died in Ossory circa 600. The Mac Giolla Chainnigh sept, i.e. "sons of the followers of St. Canice" were of the Cenel Eoghain group, a collective clan name for tribes descended from Eoghan, son of Niall of the Nine Hostages, the 5th Century High King of Ireland, who were chiefly located in Counties Derry, Tyrone and Donegal.

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