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Origins Available: Irish, Scottish


The surname Graney comes from the original Irish "O Grainne," from the female Christian name Grainne. Thus, it is one of a very limited number of matronymic names in Ireland.

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The surname Graney was first found in County Cork (Irish: Corcaigh) the ancient Kingdom of Deis Muin (Desmond), located on the southwest coast of Ireland in the province of Munster, where the Justiciary Rolls mention the acquittal of Rawenyld O'Grayne in 1313, who was charged with aiding a convicted robber. The name appears in 16th century Tudor Fiants from the same area.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Greaney, O'Greaney, Greany, O'Greany, Graney, Granny, O'Granie, O'Grane and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Graney research. More information is included under the topic Early Graney History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Graney Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Graney Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Bridget Graney, who landed in New Orleans in 1851
  • K. Graney and family, who arrived in New York in 1863
  • Michael Graney, who arrived in Mississippi in 1872

Graney Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Thomas Graney, who was recorded in the 1871 census in Ontario

Graney Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Catherine Graney (aged 14), a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Hooghly"
  • John Graney (aged 18), a farm servant, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Hooghly"
  • Patrick Graney (aged 20), a farm servant, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Hooghly"
  • John Graney, aged 20, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Lady Ann"

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  • William J. Graney, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Westchester County 2nd District, 1898; Member of New York State Senate 22nd District, 1899-1900
  • Daniel H. Graney, American politician, Socialist Labor Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 16th District, 1904
  • Mr. Morris William Graney (1921-1942), British Marine, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking, was listed as missing presumed killed in the evacuation of Singapore in 1942
  • Dave Graney, award winning Australian R&B singer
  • John Gladstone Graney, Canadian left fielder in Major League Baseball eponym of the "Jack Graney Award"


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  2. MacLysaght, Edward. Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7).
  3. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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  5. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  6. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  7. Johnson, Daniel F. Irish Emigration to New England Through the Port of Saint John, New Brunswick Canada 1841-1849. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield, 1996. Print.
  8. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
  9. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
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The Graney Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Graney 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.

This page was last modified on 7 December 2015 at 22:09.

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