The Irish surnames in use today are underpinned by a multitude of rich histories. The name Hannity originally appeared in Gaelic as O hEighnigh.
(Irish: Doire), a Northern Irish county also known as Derry, in the province of
from ancient times.
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The spelling of names in Ireland
during the Middle Ages was rarely consistent. This inconsistency was due to the scribes and church officials' attempts to record orally defined names in writing. The common practice of recording names as they sounded resulted in spelling variations
such as Heaney, Heany, Hegney, Hegeany, Heagney, Heeney and others.
The English-ruled Ireland
of the late 18th and 19th centuries featured a rapidly increasing population and an agricultural-based economy. This combination proved to be disastrous in the 1840s after a couple of failed potato harvests. Thousands died of disease and starvation, and thousands more left the country, often bound for North America. Those that survived the journey to North America were put to work building the bridges, canals, roadways, and railways needed for the development of an industrial society. Those Irish, although often despised by those already established in North American cities and towns, played an instrumental role in making Canada and the United States the powerful and wealthy nations that they are today. An examination of early immigration and passenger lists has shown many immigrants bearing the name Hannity: Charles, Daniel, Hugh, James, John, Patrick, Samuel and Thomas Heaney all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860; Bernard, James, John, Mathew, Nicholas and Phillip Heany arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860..