Edney History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The Anglo-Saxon name Edney comes from when the family resided in the village of Gedney in the county of Lincolnshire. The place-name is derived from the Old English Gyddan-ea, which literally means Gydda's island. Another source notes the place name probably means "island or well-watered land of a man called Gaeda or Gydda," from the Old English personal name. 
Early Origins of the Edney family
The surname Edney was first found in Lincolnshire at Gedney, a village and civil parish in the South Holland district that dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 where it was listed as Gadenai. 
"The church [of Gedney] is a beautiful structure, supposed to have been built by the abbots of Crowland, who had large possessions in the parish; it contains 53 windows, those of the north aisle having considerable remains of painted glass." 
Today the parish includes the hamlets of Gedney Drove End, Gedney Dyke, Gedney Dawsmere, and Gedney Marsh.
One of the first records of the family was found in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273, where Hervey de Gedeney was listed in Lincolnshire. 
Important Dates for the Edney family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Edney research. Another 55 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1640, 1698 and are included under the topic Early Edney History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Edney Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Edney include Gidney, Gibney, Gedney, Gibbney and others.
Early Notables of the Edney family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Edney family to Ireland
Some of the Edney family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 57 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Edney family
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: Martha Gibeney who settled in Charleston in 1772; Bridget Gibney settled in New York State in 1845 with her husband; James, Lawrence, Michael, Thomas, and William Gibney all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860.
Contemporary Notables of the name Edney (post 1700)
- Admiral Leon Albert "Bud" Edney (b. 1935), retired United States Navy officer and former NATO Supreme Allied Commander, Atlantic and Commander in Chief, U.S. Atlantic Command
- Steve Edney, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1972 
- Bailey M. Edney, American politician, U.S. Consul in Pernambuco, 1849-50 
- Beatrice Edney (b. 1962), English television actress
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- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
- ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html