Duney History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Gaelic, otherwise known as Early Modern Irish, was used in Ireland from around the year 1200 until the 18th century. It is from this language that we found the first references to the name Duney as O Dúnadhaigh. The name is essentially derived from the word dún which means fort.

Early Origins of the Duney family

The surname Duney was first found in the twelfth century.

Early History of the Duney family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Duney research. Another 189 words (14 lines of text) covering the year 1420 is included under the topic Early Duney History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Duney 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 Duney revealed many variations, including O'Downey, Dawney, MacDowney, MacEldowney, Muldowney and many more.

Early Notables of the Duney family (pre 1700)

Notable among the family name at this time was the O'Dunadhaigh sept found in Luchair, the old name of a region that lay on the borders of...
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United States Duney migration to the United States +

Thousands of Irish families left for North American shores in the 19th century. These people were searching for a life unencumbered with poverty, hunger, and racial discrimination. Many arrived to eventually find such conditions, but many others simply did not arrive: victims of the diseased, overcrowded ships in which they traveled to the New World. Those who lived to see North American shores were instrumental in the development of the growing nations of Canada and the United States. A thorough examination of passenger and immigration lists has disclosed evidence of many early immigrants of the name Duney:

Duney Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Robert Duney, who arrived in New London, Connecticut in 1816 [1]


  1. ^ 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)


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