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The ancestors of the Geany family come from the ancient Scottish kingdom of Dalriada. The family name comes from the given name Ian or John. John is the most common personal name in the Highlands. The Gaelic form of the name is Mac Iain.

Geany Early Origins



The surname Geany was first found in Argyllshire (Gaelic erra Ghaidheal), the region of western Scotland corresponding roughly with the ancient Kingdom of Dál Riata, in the Strathclyde region of Scotland, now part of the Council Area of Argyll and Bute, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

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Geany Spelling Variations


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Geany Spelling Variations



Historical recordings of the name Geany include many spelling variations. They are the result of repeated translations of the name from Gaelic to English and inconsistencies in spelling rules. They include MacIan, MacAne, MacKane, MacKean, MacKain and others.

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Geany Early History


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Geany Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Geany research. Another 301 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1292, 1340, 1618, 1717, 1777, 1808, and 1875 are included under the topic Early Geany History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Geany Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Geany Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 44 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Geany Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Geany In Ireland


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Geany In Ireland



Some of the Geany family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 178 words (13 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Dalriadan families proliferated in North America. Their descendants still populate many communities in the eastern parts of both the United States and Canada. Some settled in Canada as United Empire Loyalists, in the wake of the American War of Independence. Families on both sides of the border have recovered much of their heritage in the 20th century through Clan societies and highland games. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Geany or a variant listed above: John MacKane settled in Carolina in 1806; Alexander, John, Peter, Thomas MacKane all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860; James MacKean settled in Carolina in 1767.

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