Greaney History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Greaney 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.

Early Origins of the Greaney family

The surname Greaney 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.

Important Dates for the Greaney family

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Greaney Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Greaney family (pre 1700)

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Greaney migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Greaney Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Patrick Greaney, who took the Oath of Allegiance in Philadelphia in 1856
  • John Greaney, who was naturalized in Iowa in 1872
  • John Greaney, aged 38, who immigrated to the United States from Dungaroan, County Waterford, Ireland in 1897
  • Bridget Greaney, aged 18, who immigrated to the United States from Tuan, Galway, in 1898
  • Delia Greaney, aged 18, who settled in America from Dunmore, in 1899
Greaney Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • John Greaney, aged 18, who settled in America from Ardralian, Co Galway, Ireland, in 1906
  • James Greaney, aged 17, who immigrated to the United States from Shrule, Ireland, in 1911
  • Andrew Greaney, aged 26, who landed in America from Tralee, Ireland, in 1911
  • Denis Greaney, aged 41, who immigrated to America from Clifden, Ireland, in 1913
  • Josephine Greaney, aged 4, who immigrated to America from Newcastle, Ireland, in 1913
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Greaney migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Greaney Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Richard Greaney, aged 20, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Wairoa" in 1877

Contemporary Notables of the name Greaney (post 1700)

  • Daniel "Dan" Greaney, American television writer, known for his work with The Simpsons and The Office
  • John Greaney (b. 1939), former Associate Justice on the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts
  • Maurice F. Greaney, American Democrat politician, Member of Massachusetts State House of Representatives Fifth Plymouth District, 1923-24 [1]
  • John J. Greaney, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 28th District, 1970 [1]
  • John Greaney, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 6th District, 1892 [1]
  • Mark Greaney (b. 1980), Irish musician, best known as the singer and guitarist in the alternative rock band JJ72
  • Patrick Greaney, 18th century Gaelic-Irish poet
  • Con Greaney, Irish singer

Citations

  1. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 11) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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