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Today's Irish surnames are underpinned by a multitude of rich histories. The name Tierney originally appeared in Gaelic as O Tighearnaigh, which is derived from "tighearna," which means "lord."
Irish names were rarely spelled consistently in the Middle Ages. Spelling variations of the name Tierney dating from that time include Tierney, O'Tierney, Tyernie, Tiernay, O'Tierny and others.
First found in County Mayo (Irish: Maigh Eo) located on the West coast of the Republic of Ireland in the province of Connacht, where their chiefs were the Lords of Carra. Over time, the name became scattered through Ireland, but pockets of the name can still be found in most counties of Mayo and Connacht.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tierney research. Another 394 words (28 lines of text) covering the year 1172 is included under the topic Early Tierney History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Tierney Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
During the 19th century thousands of impoverished Irish families made the long journey to British North America and the United States. These people were leaving a land that had become beset with poverty, lack of opportunity, and hunger. In North America, they hoped to find land, work, and political and religious freedoms. Although the majority of the immigrants that survived the long sea passage did make these discoveries, it was not without much perseverance and hard work: by the mid-19th century land suitable for agriculture was short supply, especially in British North America, in the east; the work available was generally low paying and physically taxing construction or factory work; and the English stereotypes concerning the Irish, although less frequent and vehement, were, nevertheless, present in the land of freedom, liberty, and equality for all men. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. Research into passenger and immigration lists has brought forth evidence of the early members of the Tierney family in North America:
Tierney Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Mathew Tierney, who arrived in Mississippi in 1798
Tierney Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Michael Tierney, who landed in America in 1811
- Joseph Tierney, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1816
- Francis Tierney, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1816
- Hugh Tierney, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1816
- Andrew Tierney, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1818
Tierney Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Timothy Tierney, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1750
Tierney Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Patrick Tierney, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1823
- Margaret Tierney, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1833
- William Tierney, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1834
Tierney Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Matthew Tierney, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 17, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
- James Tierney, English convict from Chatham, who was transported aboard the "Anna Maria" on March 6, 1848, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
- Mary Tierney, aged 23, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Marshall Bennett,"
- Bridget Tierney, aged 18, a maid, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Epaminondas"
- Mary Tierney, aged 24, a dairy maid, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Sir Edward Parry"
Tierney Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Richard Tierney, aged 23, a shepherd, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of Nations" in 1874
- Mary Tierney, aged 23, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of Nations" in 1874
- Lawrence Tierney, aged 29, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waitangi" in 1874
- Bridget Tierney, aged 30, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waitangi" in 1874
- Patrick Tierney, aged 9, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waitangi" in 1874
- Miss Nina Tierney (d. 1915), American 2nd Class passenger from Vandegrift, Pennsylvania, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
- Mrs. Mary Tierney (d. 1915), American 2nd Class passenger from Vandegrift, Pennsylvania, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking and was recovered
- Brian P. Tierney (b. 1957), American a former advertising and public relations executive and publisher of The Philadelphia Inquirer
- Chris Tierney (b. 1986), American soccer player
- Maura Tierney (b. 1965), American actress, best known for her role as Abby Lockhart on the television medical drama ER
- Lawrence Tierney (1919-2002), American actor, best known for his screen portrayals as mobsters
- Harry Tierney (1890-1965), American composer of musical theatre
- Gene Tierney (1920-1991), American Academy Award-nominated stage and film actress
- Francis J. Tierney, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1952, 1960, 1964; Chair of Washington County Democratic Party, 1955
- Francis E. Tierney, American Democrat politician, Member of Iowa State House of Representatives from Webster County; Elected 1950
- Genealogical Charts of Descendants of John Tierney and of the Related Families by Raymond Moran Teirney.
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- MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
- Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
- Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
- Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
- Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
The Tierney Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Tierney Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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