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An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2016

Origins Available: Irish, Scottish


The Irish surnames in use today are underpinned by a multitude of rich histories. The name Haney originally appeared in Gaelic as O hEighnigh.

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In the Middle Ages many people were recorded under different spellings each time their name was written down. Research on the Haney family name revealed numerous spelling variations, including Heaney, Heany, Hegney, Hegeany, Heagney, Heeney and others.

First found in County Londonderry (Irish: Doire), a Northern Irish county also known as Derry, in the province of Ulster, where they held a family seat from ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Haney research. Another 225 words (16 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Haney History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Ireland saw an enormous decrease in its population in the 19th century due to immigration and death. This pattern of immigration began slowly in the late 18th century and gradually grew throughout the early portion of the 19th century. However, a dramatic increase in the country's immigration numbers occurred when the Great Potato Famine struck in the 1840s. The early immigrants to North America were primarily destined to be farmers tending to their own plot of land, those that came later initially settled within pre-established urban centers. These urban immigrants provided the cheap labor that the fast developing United States and soon to be Canada required. Regardless of their new lifestyle in North America, the Irish immigrants to the United States and Canada made invaluable contributions to their newly adopted societies. An investigation of immigrant and passenger lists revealed many Haneys:

Haney Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Eizabeth Haney, who landed in Virginia in 1622

Haney Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Johan George Haney, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1753
  • Darby Haney, who landed in Virginia in 1756
  • Thomas Haney, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1766

Haney Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Hugh Haney, who landed in America in 1828
  • Daniel Haney, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1847
  • John Haney, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1848
  • Frederick Haney, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1856
  • James Haney, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1868


Haney Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Margaret Haney, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1829
  • Edward Haney, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1833
  • Henry Haney, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1833
  • Martha Haney, aged 4, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Neptune" in 1834
  • James Haney, aged 27, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Cupid" in 1834

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  • Joe Haney (1928-2016), American marching band director and musical arranger
  • Brigadier-General Harold Haney (1894-1973), American Commandant of Officers Candidate School (1943-1945)
  • Dick Haney (b. 1852), American Republican politician, Circuit Judge in South Dakota, 1889-96; Judge of South Dakota State Supreme Court 2nd District, 1896-1913; Member of South Dakota State Senate 21st District, 1925-26
  • Enoch Haney, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Oklahoma, 1996
  • Jacqueline H. Haney, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1984
  • John Haney, American Democrat politician, Chair of Grant County Democratic Party, 1940
  • Lewis T. Haney, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Nebraska, 1932
  • M. C. Haney, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Wisconsin, 1904
  • Matthew C. Haney, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 2008
  • Patti W. Haney, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Florida, 2000

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The Haney Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Haney 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 24 April 2016 at 23:55.

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