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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 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. Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
    2. Urquhart, Blair Edition. Tartans The New Compact Study Guide and Identifier. Secauccus, NJ: Chartwell Books, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0-7858-0050-6).
    3. Adam, Frank. Clans Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands 8th Edition. London: Bacon (G.W.) & Co, 1970. Print. (ISBN 10-0717945006).
    4. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
    5. 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.
    6. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    7. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
    8. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    9. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
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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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