Arny History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The Irish name Arny has a long Gaelic heritage to its credit. Generally, the original Gaelic form of the name Arny 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 Arny family
The surname Arny 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 Arny family
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Arny Spelling Variations
Before widespread literacy came to Ireland, a name was often recorded under several different variations during the life of its bearer. Accordingly, numerous spelling variations were revealed in the search for the origin of the name Arny family name. Variations found include Carney, Carnie, McCarney, MacCarney, O'Carney, Kearney and many more.
Early Notables of the Arny family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Arny family
Thousands of Irish families left for North American shores in the 19th century. These people were searching for a life unencumbered with poverty, hunger, and racial discrimination. Many arrived to eventually find such conditions, but many others simply did not arrive: victims of the diseased, overcrowded ships in which they traveled to the New World. Those who lived to see North American shores were instrumental in the development of the growing nations of Canada and the United States. A thorough examination of passenger and immigration lists has disclosed evidence of many early immigrants of the name Arny: William Carney who settled in Virginia in 1650; Timothy Carney settled in Virginia in 1751; Easter Carney settled in Virginia in 1752; Mary Carney settled in Pennsylvania in 1773.
Contemporary Notables of the name Arny (post 1700)
- William Frederick Milton Arny (1813-1881), American Republican politician, U.S. Indian Agent in various capacities, 1861-62 and 1867-75; Secretary of New Mexico Territory, 1862-67 
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