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Origins Available: Irish, Welsh

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.


The surname Blaney was first found in Worcestershire, 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.

Although there are comparatively few Welsh surnames, they have a great many spelling variations. Variations of Welsh names began almost immediately after their acceptance within Welsh society. In the Middle Ages, it was up to priests and the few other people that recorded names in official documents to decide how to spell the names that they heard. Variations that occurred because of improper recording increased dramatically as the names were later transliterated into English. The Brythonic Celtic language of Wales, known by natives as Cymraeg, featured many highly inflected sounds that could not be properly captured by the English language. Spelling variations were, however, also carried out according to an individual's design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations were all indicated by the particular variation of one's name. The spelling variations of the name Blaney have included Blayney, Blainey, Blaney, Blany, Blaney, Blainay, Blanay, Blaynay, Bleiney and many more.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Blaney research. Another 293 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1370, 1430, 1577, 1795, 1523, 1595, 1577, 1573, 1762, 1838 and are included under the topic Early Blaney History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


More information is included under the topic Early Blaney Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Some of the Blaney family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 159 words (11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Many Welsh joined the great migrations to North America in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Like their Scottish and Irish neighbors, many Welsh families left their homeland hoping to find hope and prosperity in a land that the English did not exercise a tight rule over. Those Welsh immigrants that successfully traveled to North America went on to make significant contributions to the rapid development of both Canada and the United States in terms of the settling of land and the establishment of industry. They also added to the rich cultural heritage of both countries. An examination into the immigration and passenger lists has discovered a number of people bearing the name Blaney:

Blaney Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Edward Blaney, who landed in Jamestown, Va in 1624
  • Lewis Blaney, who arrived in Maryland in 1671

Blaney Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • William Blaney, who landed in Virginia in 1702
  • John Blaney, who landed in New York in 1795

Blaney Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Samuel Blaney, who arrived in New York, NY in 1812
  • Bernard, Daniel Dennis and Edward Blaney, who all arrived in Philadelphia between 1798 and 1843
  • Michael Blaney, who landed in New York in 1844
  • H Blaney, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1860

Blaney Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Anne Blaney, aged 24, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Victoria Regia"

  • 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
  • Isabella W. Blaney, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1912
  • Charles G. Blaney, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Suffield, 1934
  • Charles D. Blaney, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1912
  • Carye Blaney, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from West Virginia, 2000
  • Harry Blaney (1928-2013), Irish Independent Fianna Fáil politician, eponym of the Harry Blaney Bridge
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Blaney Historic Events

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

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    Other References

    1. Rowlands, John, John Rowlands and Sheila Rowlands. Welsh Family History: A Guide to Research. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1999. Print. (ISBN 080631620).
    2. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    3. Thirsk, Joan ed. Et. Al. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    4. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    5. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    7. Davies, R. R. The Age of Conquest: Wales, 1063-1415. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000. Print.
    8. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    9. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    10. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
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    The Blaney Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Blaney Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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