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.
Early History of the McRaney family
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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)
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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 125 words (9 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 to the New World and Oceana
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
The McRaney Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Amor proximi
Motto Translation: The love of our neighbor.