Origins Available: Irish
The root of the ancient Dalriadan-Scottish name Geaney is the given name Ian
or John. John
is the most common personal name
in the Highlands. The Gaelic form of the name is Mac Iain.
Early Origins of the Geaney family
The surname Geaney was first found in Argyllshire
(Gaelic erra Ghaidheal), the region of western Scotland
corresponding roughly with the ancient Kingdom of Dál Riata, in the Strathclyde region of Scotland
, now part of the Council Area of Argyll and Bute
, 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.
Early History of the Geaney family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Geaney research.Another 301 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1292, 1340, 1618, 1717, 1777, 1808, and 1875 are included under the topic Early Geaney History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Geaney Spelling Variations
The translation of Gaelic names in the Middle Ages was not a task undertaken with great care. Records from that era show an enormous number of spelling variations
, even in names referring to the same person. Over the years Geaney has appeared as MacIan, MacAne, MacKane, MacKean, MacKain and others.
Early Notables of the Geaney family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Geaney family to Ireland
Some of the Geaney family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 178 words (13 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Geaney family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Geaney Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- William Geaney, who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1845
Contemporary Notables of the name Geaney (post 1700)
- Patricia Ann Geaney (1946-1996), birth name of Tricia Ingrams, English journalist and interviewer best known as a presenter of the regional news programme Thames News
- David Geaney (b. 1985), Irish Gaelic football player
- Seán Geaney, Irish Gaelic football coach and selector
- Mary Geaney (b. 1954), former Irish camogie player who captained Cork to victory in the All Ireland championship of 1982 and won three All Ireland medals
- Dave Geaney (b. 1959), Irish Gaelic footballer, an All- Ireland medal holder