Arney History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Irish name Arney has a long Gaelic heritage to its credit. Generally, the original Gaelic form of the name Arney is said to be O Cearnaigh, from the word "cearnach," which means "victorious." However, in some instances, especially the roots of the present day spelling of Kearney, the surname derives from the Gaelic "O Catharnaigh," meaning "warlike."

Early Origins of the Arney family

The surname Arney was first found in County Mayo (Irish: Maigh Eo) located on the West coast of the Republic of Ireland in the province of Connacht, where they held a family seat from ancient times and were a branch of the Ui Fiachrach.

Important Dates for the Arney family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Arney research. Another 230 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1199 and 1721 are included under the topic Early Arney History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Arney Spelling Variations

Within the archives researched, many different spelling variations of the surname Arney were found. These included One reason for the many variations is that scribes and church officials often spelled an individual's name as it sounded. This imprecise method often led to many versions. Carney, Carnie, McCarney, MacCarney, O'Carney, Kearney and many more.

Early Notables of the Arney family (pre 1700)

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Arney migration to the United States

During the 19th century thousands of impoverished Irish families made the long journey to British North America and the United States. These people were leaving a land that had become beset with poverty, lack of opportunity, and hunger. In North America, they hoped to find land, work, and political and religious freedoms. Although the majority of the immigrants that survived the long sea passage did make these discoveries, it was not without much perseverance and hard work: by the mid-19th century land suitable for agriculture was short supply, especially in British North America, in the east; the work available was generally low paying and physically taxing construction or factory work; and the English stereotypes concerning the Irish, although less frequent and vehement, were, nevertheless, present in the land of freedom, liberty, and equality for all men. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. Research into passenger and immigration lists has brought forth evidence of the early members of the Arney family in North America:

Arney Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Edward Arney, who landed in Virginia in 1657 [1]
Arney Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Arney, who landed in New Jersey in 1739 [1]
  • Joseph Arney, who arrived in New Jersey in 1764 [1]
Arney Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Dominick Arney, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1836 [1]
  • J Arney, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]

Arney migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Arney Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William Arney, aged 21, a farm labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Marion" [2]

Arney migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Arney Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Emma Arney, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1863
  • Miss Emma Arney, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Gertrude" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 9th February 1863 [3]
  • Alfred G. W. Arney, aged 21, a woodworker, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "La Hogue" in 1874

Contemporary Notables of the name Arney (post 1700)

  • Dewey B. Arney, American Republican politician, Candidate for Missouri State House of Representatives from Jackson County 5th District, 1940 [4]
  • Angela Arney, English author of romance novels since 1984 from 1997, 19th Chairman of the Romantic Novelists' Association (1997–1999)
  • George Arney, British journalist for BBC, former host of The World Today until 2009
  • Sir George Alfred Arney (1810-1883), British-born, second Chief Justice of New Zealand (1858-1875)


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MARION 1851 - HER HISTORY. Retrieved
  3. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 7) . Retrieved from
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