McNamara Name History

McNamara Irish Coat of Arms


Mac Conmara (anglicised as MacNamara or McNamara) is an Irish surname of a family of County Clare in Ireland. The MacNamara family were a Dál gCais sept and after the O'Briens one of the most powerful families in the Kingdom of Thomond as Lords of Clancullen (a title later divided into East and West families). They are related to the O'Gradys, also descended from the Uí Caisin line of the Dál gCais.

McNamara is a surname of Irish origin. It originated from the region of County Clare. The name began with the chieftain Cumara, of Maghadhair in county Clare. Cumara is a contracted form of Conmara – hound of the sea. His son, Domhnall, who died in 1099, adopted the surname Mac Conmara, or son of Cumara, thus becoming the very first MacNamara. The name has survived relatively unmodified as MacConmara in Irish and Mac (or Mc) Namara in English, to this day


Learn more about the McNamara

The Framed Irish Family Name History, (#1760) has more information on the McNamara surname. There is a wide selection of McNamara coat of arms products at The Irish Rose. Please visit the Irish Coat of Arms page.

Finding a pub in Ireland with the McNamara name

If you're looking to take a special family photo in front or inside of an Irish McNamara Pub, visit McNamaras Lounge Bar & Restaurant in Scarriff, County Clare, Ireland. 

If you can't visit in person, our personalized pub gifts are the next best thing!

Notable people named McNamara


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