Blaney History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

While Blaney has long been known as an Irish name, the origins of the ancient name Blaney belong to that rich Celtic tradition that comes from Wales. This surname was derived from the Welsh personal name Blethyn.

Early Origins of the Blaney family

The surname Blaney was first found in Worcestershire, but moved to Ireland in the 1500's. Today a small village named Blaney (from the Irish: Bléinigh meaning "creeks") lies in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. Locals claim the area takes its name from the Irish word "Bléan" which also means a "creek." [1]

Early History of the Blaney family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Blaney research. Another 205 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1874, 1573, 1602, 1646, 1689, 1802, 1874, 1570, 1629, 1603 and 1604 are included under the topic Early Blaney History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Blaney Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Blayney, Blainey, Blaney, Blany, Blaney, Blainay, Blanay, Blaynay, Bleiney and many more.

Early Notables of the Blaney family (pre 1700)

Prominent amongst the family during the late Middle Ages was Sir Edward Blayney, also Blainey or Blaney (1570-1629?), Welsh soldier in Ireland who became Baron Blayney of Monaghan. For his bravery, Edward was knighted at Dublin Castle in 1603...
Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Blaney Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Blaney migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Blaney Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Edward Blaney, who landed in Jamestown, Va in 1624 [2]
  • Lewis Blaney, who arrived in Maryland in 1671 [2]
Blaney Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • William Blaney, who landed in Virginia in 1702 [2]
  • John Blaney, who landed in New York in 1795 [2]
Blaney Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Samuel Blaney, who arrived in New York, NY in 1812 [2]
  • Bernard, Daniel Dennis and Edward Blaney, who all, who arrived in Philadelphia between 1798 and 1843
  • Michael Blaney, who landed in New York in 1844 [2]
  • H Blaney, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1860 [2]

Canada Blaney migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Blaney Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Mrs. Margaret Blaney, aged 85 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Charlotte Harrison" departing 14th May 1847 from Greenock, Scotland; the ship arrived on 18th June 1847 but she died on board [3]

Australia Blaney migration to Australia +

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

Blaney Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Patrick Blaney, (Blainey), Irish convict who was convicted in County Longford, Ireland for 7 years, transported aboard the "Boyd" on 10th March 1809, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [4]
  • Mr.Patrick Blaney, (Bluny, Blayney), (b. 1791), aged 28, Irish carpenter who was convicted in Dublin, Ireland for life for burglary, transported aboard the "Bencoolen" on 24th April 1819, arriving in New South Wales, Australia before being transferred to Tasmania via the "Admiral Cockburn", he died in 1835 [5]
  • Mr. James Blaney, English convict who was convicted in Lancaster, Lancashire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Aurora" on 3rd November 1833, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [6]
  • Anne Blaney, aged 24, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Victoria Regia"
  • Mrs. Eliza Blaney, (b. 1838), aged 40, Cornish dressmaker travelling aboard the ship "Peterborough" arriving in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia on 15th January 1878 [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Blaney (post 1700) +

  • Tim Blaney (b. 1959), American puppeteer and voice actor
  • John Blaney, former U.S. Ambassador to Liberia
  • Harry Blaney (b. 1928), American basketball coach
  • Dave Blaney (b. 1962), American NASCAR driver
  • Walter Blaney, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Texas 22nd District, 1968 [8]
  • Isabella W. Blaney, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1912 [8]
  • Charles G. Blaney, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Suffield, 1934 [8]
  • Charles D. Blaney, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1912 [8]
  • Carye Blaney, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from West Virginia, 2000 [8]
  • Harry Blaney (1928-2013), Irish Independent Fianna Fáil politician, eponym of the Harry Blaney Bridge
  • ... (Another 8 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

RMS Titanic
  • Mr. James Blaney (d. 1912), aged 29, English Fireman/Stoker from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [9]


The Blaney 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: Integra mens augustissima possessio
Motto Translation: An honest mind is the most glorious possession


  1. ^ MacLysaght, Edward, Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7)
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 65)
  4. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 27th October 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/Boyd
  5. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 5th October 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/bencoolen
  6. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 20th August 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/aurora
  7. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 19). Emigrants to Australia NSW 1860 -88 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/nsw_passenger_lists_1860_88.pdf
  8. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 1) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  9. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html


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