An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright © 2000 - 2016
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.
The surname Raney was 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.
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.
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.
More information is included under the topic Early Raney Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
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.
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 United States in the 17th Century
Raney Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Raney Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
This page was last modified on 2 May 2016 at 13:45.