McRaney History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The story of the McRaney family is rich with Scottish history. It begins in the ancient kingdom of Dalriada where McRaney evolved as a name for some who lived on the island of Jura in the Inner Hebrides. The name is derived from Gaelic Mac Crain.

Early Origins of the McRaney family

The surname McRaney was first found in the islands of Jura and Islay, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Important Dates for the McRaney family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McRaney research. Another 111 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 180 , 1625, 1649, 1856 and 128. are included under the topic Early McRaney History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McRaney Spelling Variations

Historical recordings of the name McRaney include many spelling variations. They include They are the result of repeated translations of the name from Gaelic to English and inconsistencies in spelling rules. MacCraney, Craney, Crainey, MacCrain, McCranie, MacCranny, MacCranne, MacCranney, MacCrayne and many more.

Early Notables of the McRaney family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early McRaney Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the McRaney family to Ireland

Some of the McRaney family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 69 words (5 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 McRaney family

Scottish settlers arrived in many of the communities that became the backbones of the United States and Canada. Many stayed, but some headed west for the endless open country of the prairies. In the American War of Independence, many Scots who remained loyal to England re-settled in Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Scots across North America were able to recover much of their lost heritage in the 20th century as Clan societies and highland games sprang up across North America. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first McRaneys to arrive on North American shores: Peter Dow Maccraing, who was banished to America in 1766; Owen McCraney, who came to New York, NY in 1803; Mathew and Patrick Craney who settled in Philadelphia in 1846.

Contemporary Notables of the name McRaney (post 1700)

  • Gerald McRaney (b. 1947), American actor and director

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