The establishment of Coats of Arms was introduced into Ireland by the Normans in the eleventh century and was adopted by some Gaelic families. These armorial bearings originated during the late medieval period as a means of recognition on the battlefield. Their use gradually became the badge of identity for a family and were used in documents as personal seals and to identify property.
The first Hennebery
in Ireland was Philip de Hynteberge (de Hindeberg) who was lord of the manor of Rath, County
Dublin, in 1250. He was part of the Norman military aristocracy sent to
control Ireland. The family, later called Hanebry, migrated to
Counties Kilkenny and Waterford. They are chiefly found in the latter county
to-day, though the name is not common. Father Richard Henebry (1863-1916) was a
foremost Gaelic scholar and collector of Irish music. Irish sounding
names such as Henebry, Gogan and O'Dell are quite common in Ireland, yet none of
them are of Gaelic origin. Henebry is one of the best known of the
Norse/Norman names that has become naturalized by long association with Ireland. The
surname became known as de Hionburgha in Gaelic and became anglicized to
Henebry/Hanebry/Henneberry in the 15th century.
The Register of the Chief Herald of Ireland does not have an " official" record for Henebry. Some of the Irish records were taken to France by one of the Irish Officers of Arms who left with James II in 1690. Patrick Kennedy, a Herald Painter in the early 19th century, lists arms for Henebry. See Kennedy's text: Irish Arms.
A second coat of arms from the Chief Herald's Office in Ireland.
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