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Cartney History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The history of the Cartney family begins among the Pictish clans ancient Scotland. The name Cartney comes from the Gaelic name Mac Cartaine, which is a variant of Mac Artain. This means son of Artan and is a diminutive of the old personal name Art.

Early Origins of the Cartney family


The surname Cartney was first found in Ayrshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Àir), formerly a county in the southwestern Strathclyde region of Scotland, that today makes up the Council Areas of South, East, and North Ayrshire, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Early History of the Cartney family


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Cartney Spelling Variations


In the Middle ages, spelling and translation were not yet regulated by any general rules. spelling variations in names were common even among members of one family unit. Cartney has appeared MacArtney, MacCartney and others.

Early Notables of the Cartney family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Cartney family to Ireland


Some of the Cartney family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Cartney family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Cartney Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Thomas W. Cartney, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Sydenham" in 1870

The Cartney 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: Stimulat sed ornat
Motto Translation: It stimulates, but it adorns.


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