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The current generations of the Cairney family have inherited a surname that was first used hundreds of years ago by descendants of the ancient Scottish tribe called the Picts. The Cairney family lived on the lands of Cardney in Perthshire.

Cairney Early Origins



The surname Cairney was first found in Perthshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Pheairt) former county in the present day Council Area of Perth and Kinross, located in central Scotland, 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.

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Cairney Spelling Variations


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Cairney Spelling Variations



Scribes in the Middle Ages did not have access to a set of spelling rules. They spelled according to sound, the result was a great number of spelling variations. In various documents, Cairney has been spelled Cairney, Cairnie, Cardney, Cairnie and others.

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Cairney Early History


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Cairney Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cairney research. Another 149 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1320 and 1546 are included under the topic Early Cairney History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Cairney Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Cairney Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



The cruelties suffered under the new government forced many to leave their ancient homeland for the freedom of the North American colonies. Those who arrived safely found land, freedom, and opportunity for the taking. These hardy settlers gave their strength and perseverance to the young nations that would become the United States and Canada. Immigration and passenger lists have shown many early immigrants bearing the name Cairney:

Cairney Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Cairney, who arrived in New York in 1836

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Contemporary Notables of the name Cairney (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Cairney (post 1700)



  • James " Jim" Cairney (b. 1931), Scottish former footballer who played from 1949 to 1958
  • Tom Cairney (b. 1991), Scottish footballer
  • Paul Cairney (b. 1987), Scottish footballer
  • John Cairney (b. 1930), Scottish actor, best known for his one man shows on Robert Burns, Robert Louis Stevenson, Robert Service, Charles Rennie Mackintosh and William McGonagall
  • Joe Cairney (1956-2009), Scottish footballer who played from 1976 to 1981
  • Henry "Harry" Cairney (b. 1961), Scottish former footballer and manager who played from 1980 to 2003 and managed from 2003 to 2012
  • John Cairney (1898-1966), New Zealand anatomist, medical superintendent and writer
  • Gemma Cairney (b. 1985), English radio presenter for BBC Radio 1

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Motto


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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: Ad alta
Motto Translation: To high things.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
    2. 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).
    3. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    4. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and David Hicks. The Highland Clans The Dynastic Origins, Cheifs and Background of the Clans. New York: C.N. Potter, 1968. Print.
    5. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    6. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
    7. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry Including American Families with British Ancestry 2 Volumes. London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    8. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    9. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. The Charters of David I The Written Acts of David I King of Scots, 1124-53 and of His Son Henry, Earl of Northumerland, 1139-52. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 1999. Print.
    10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
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    The Cairney Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cairney 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.

    This page was last modified on 24 June 2016 at 14:49.

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