Craney History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The rugged west coast of Scotland and the desolate Hebrides islands are the ancestral home of the Craney family. Their name indicates that the original bearer lived on the island of Jura in the Inner Hebrides. The name is derived from Gaelic Mac Crain. [1]

Early Origins of the Craney family

The surname Craney was first found in the islands of Jura and Islay, 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.

Early History of the Craney family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Craney research. Another 111 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1625, 1649, 1856 and are included under the topic Early Craney History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Craney Spelling Variations

Spelling and translation were not standardized practices until the last few centuries. Spelling variations are extremely common among early Scottish names. Craney has been spelled MacCraney, Craney, Crainey, MacCrain, McCranie, MacCranny, MacCranne, MacCranney, MacCrayne and many more.

Early Notables of the Craney family (pre 1700)

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

Ireland Migration of the Craney family to Ireland

Some of the Craney family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 69 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Craney migration to the United States +

The hardy Scots who made the crossing settled all along the east coast of North America and in the great west that was just then opening up. At the time of the American War of Independence, many United Empire Loyalists moved north from the American colonies to Canada. Scottish national heritage became better known in North America in the 20th century through highland games and other patriotic events. An examination of immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Craney arrived in North America very early:

Craney Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Mathew and Patrick Craney who settled in Philadelphia in 1846
  • J Craney, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [2]

Australia Craney migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Craney Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Michael Craney, (Richard, Clancy), (b. 1766), aged 60, Irish baker who was convicted in Tipperary, Ireland for 7 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Boyne" on 28th October 1826, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Craney (post 1700) +

  • Terrance Craney, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Wisconsin, 2000, 2004 (alternate) [4]
  • John F. Craney, American Democrat politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Norwich, 1911-14 [4]
  • Diane Craney, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Wisconsin, 2000 [4]


The Craney 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: Amor proximi
Motto Translation: The love of our neighbor.


  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 27th October 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/Boyne
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 13) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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