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Where did the Scottish Raney family come from? When did the Raney family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Raney family history?

It was in the Scottish/English Borderlands that the Strathclyde-Briton people first used the ancient name Raney. It was a name for someone who lived in county of Angus.

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Surnames that evolved in Scotland in the Middle Ages often appear under many spelling variations. These are due to the practice of spelling according to sound in the era before dictionaries had standardized the English language. Raney has appeared as Rayney, Rainy, Rainey, Rainnie, Rennie, Renny and many more.

First found in Angus (Gaelic: Aonghas), part of the Tayside region of northeastern Scotland, and present day Council Area of Angus, formerly known as Forfar or Forfarshire, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Raney research. Another 174 words(12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Raney History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Raney Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Raney family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 124 words(9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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The North American colonies beckoned, with their ample land and opportunity as their freedom from the persecution suffered by so many Clan families back home. Many Scots even fought against England in the American War of Independence to gain this freedom. Recently, clan societies have allowed the ancestors of these brave Scottish settlers to rediscover their familial roots. Among them:

Raney Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Tho Raney, who arrived in Virginia in 1696

Raney Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • John Raney, who landed in Virginia in 1746

Raney Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • David Raney, aged 31, landed in Maryland in 1813
  • Benjamin Raney, aged 33, arrived in New York in 1832
  • P Raney, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • James Raney, aged 24, arrived in Alabama in 1858

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  • Catherine Raney (b. 1980), American Olympic speed skater
  • Doug Raney (b. 1956), American jazz guitarist
  • Murray Raney (1885-1966), American mechanical engineer
  • Sue Raney (b. 1940), American jazz singer
  • Wayne Raney (1921-1993), American country singer
  • Jimmy Raney (1927-1995), American jazz guitarist and father of Doug Raney
  • William Raney (1859-1933), Canadian lawyer, politician and judge


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