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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.

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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.

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

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

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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 emigrated to the United States from Dungaroan. Co. Waterford, in 1897
  • Bridget Greaney, aged 18, who emigrated 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 emigrated 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 emigrated to America from Clifden, Ireland, in 1913
  • Josephine Greaney, aged 4, who emigrated to America from Newcastle, Ireland, in 1913


Greaney Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Richard Greaney, aged 20, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Wairoa" in 1877

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  • 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
  • John J. Greaney, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 28th District, 1970
  • John Greaney, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 6th District, 1892
  • 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


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  1. Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
  2. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of Ireland. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1969. Print.
  3. Kennedy, Patrick. Kennedy's Book of Arms. Canterbury: Achievements, 1967. Print.
  4. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
  5. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  6. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
  7. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  8. Read, Charles Anderson. The Cabinet of Irish Literature Selections from the Works of the Chief Poets, Orators and Prose Writers of Ireland 4 Volumes. London: Blackie and Son, 1884. Print.
  9. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  10. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
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The Greaney Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Greaney 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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