Charney History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The Irish name Charney has a long Gaelic heritage to its credit. Generally, the original Gaelic form of the name Charney is said to be O Cearnaigh, from the word "cearnach," which means "victorious." However, in some instances, especially the roots of the present day spelling of Kearney, the surname derives from the Gaelic "O Catharnaigh," meaning "warlike."

Early Origins of the Charney family

The surname Charney was first found in County Mayo (Irish: Maigh Eo) located on the West coast of the Republic of Ireland in the province of Connacht, where they held a family seat from ancient times and were a branch of the Ui Fiachrach.

Important Dates for the Charney family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Charney research. Another 230 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1199 and 1721 are included under the topic Early Charney History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Charney Spelling Variations

Names from the Middle Ages demonstrate many spelling variations. This is because the recording scribe or church official often decided as to how a person's name was spelt and in what language. Research into the name Charney revealed many variations, including Carney, Carnie, McCarney, MacCarney, O'Carney, Kearney and many more.

Early Notables of the Charney family (pre 1700)

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

Charney migration to the United States

To escape the religious and political discrimination they experienced primarily at the hands of the English, thousands of Irish left their homeland in the 19th century. These migrants typically settled in communities throughout the East Coast of North America, but also joined the wagon trains moving out to the Midwest. Ironically, when the American War of Independence began, many Irish settlers took the side of England, and at the war's conclusion moved north to Canada. These United Empire Loyalists, were granted land along the St. Lawrence River and the Niagara Peninsula. Other Irish immigrants settled in Newfoundland, the Ottawa Valley, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. The greatest influx of Irish immigrants, however, came to North America during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Thousands left Ireland at this time for North America and Australia. Many of those numbers, however, did not live through the long sea passage. These Irish settlers to North America were immediately put to work building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. Irish settlers made an inestimable contribution to the building of the New World. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Irish name Charney or a variant listed above, including:

Charney Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • M. Charney, who settled in Texas around the middle of the nineteenth century

Contemporary Notables of the name Charney (post 1700)

  • Jule Gregory Charney (1917-1981), American meteorologist who pioneered the development of weather prediction, eponym of The Jule G. Charney Award
  • Leon Charney (1938-2016), American real estate tycoon, author, philanthropist, political pundit and media personality, Forbes ranked him as 353rd among the wealthiest Americans in 2012
  • Noah Charney (b. 1979), American art historian and novelist, known for his mystery novel The Art Thief
  • Jordan Charney (b. 1937), American character actor
  • Jonathan I. Charney (1943-2002), American academic, author, lawyer and the Lee S. and Charles A. Spier Professor at Vanderbilt University School of Law in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Dov Charney (b. 1969), Canadian businessman and the founder and former CEO of American Apparel
  • Ann Charney, award winning Canadian novelist, short story writer and journalist, wife of Melvin Charney
  • Melvin Charney (1935-2012), Canadian artist and architect

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