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The Gaelic name used by the Harney family in ancient Ireland was O hAthairne, which is possibly derived from the word athardha, which means paternal.

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The surname Harney was first found in Connacht (Irish: Connachta, (land of the) descendants of Conn), where they held a family seat from very ancient times.

Individual scribes in the Ireland during the Middle Ages would often record a person's name various ways. How the name was recorded depended on what that particular scribe believed the proper spelling for the name pronounced to him was. Spelling variations revealed in the search for the origin of the Harney family name include Harney, Hartney, O'Harney, Hartney, Harnedy, Harnet, Harnett, Hartnet, Hartnett, Haherny and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Harney research. Another 147 words (10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Harney History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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More information is included under the topic Early Harney Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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In the late 18th century, Irish families began emigrating to North America in the search of a plot of land to call their own. This pattern of emigration grew steadily until the 1840s when the Great Potato Famine of the 1840s cause thousands of Irish to flee the death and disease that accompanied the disaster. Those that made it alive to the shores of the United States and British North America (later to become Canada) were, however, instrumental in the development of those two powerful nations. Many of these Irish immigrants proudly bore the name of Harney:

Harney Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Rkhard Harney, aged 38, landed in Virginia in 1635

Harney Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Joseph Harney settled in Maryland in 1772
  • Thomas Harney, who arrived in America in 1798

Harney Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Rebecca Harney, aged 48, landed in Massachusetts in 1812
  • Michael Harney settled in Boston in 1823
  • Mathew, James, John, Thomas Harney, all arrived in Philadelphia between 1800 and 1840
  • Col. Harney, aged 40, arrived in Key West, Fla in 1840
  • William Harney, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1840
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Harney Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • John Harney, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749

Harney Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • James Harney from Waterford City, Ireland was married in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1814
  • Richard Harney, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1814
  • Michael Harney, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1823
  • John Harney settled in Harbour Grace in 1824
  • Elizabeth Harney, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1826
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Harney Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Job Harney, aged 37, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Avalanche" in 1875
  • Emma Harney, aged 25, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Avalanche" in 1875
  • Caroline Harney, aged 16, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Avalanche" in 1875
  • Emily Harney, aged 9, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Avalanche" in 1875
  • Annie Harney, aged 7, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Avalanche" in 1875
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  • Thomas P. Harney, American Republican politician, Member of Pennsylvania State Senate 19th District, 1953-60
  • John T. Harney, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1972
  • James P. Harney, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for Kentucky State House of Representatives 73rd District, 1973
  • Michael Harney, American Screen Actors Guild Award winning actor, known for his work in Erin Brockovich (2000), Orange Is the New Black (2013) and Captivity (2007)
  • Corinna Harney (b. 1972), American model and actress, known for Rat Race (2001), Vegas Vacation (1997) and Playboy: Jenny McCarthy, the Playboy Years (1997)
  • John Hopkins Harney (1806-1868), American politician and legislator from Kentucky
  • William Selby Harney (1800-1889), American general, Revolutionary war patriot, eponym of Fort Harney, Oregon
  • Susan Harney (b. 1946), American actress
  • Paul Harney (b. 1929), American PGA professional golfer
  • John Milton Harney (1789-1825), American poet
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    Other References

    1. O'Hart, John. Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4).
    2. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1978. Print.
    3. Hickey, D.J. and J.E. Doherty. A New Dictionary of Irish History form 1800 2nd Edition. Dublin: Gil & MacMillian, 2003. Print.
    4. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    5. McDonnell, Frances. Emigrants from Ireland to America 1735-1743 A Transcription of the report of the Irish House of Commons into Enforced emigration to America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1331-5).
    6. Johnson, Daniel F. Irish Emigration to New England Through the Port of Saint John, New Brunswick Canada 1841-1849. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield, 1996. Print.
    7. MacLysaght, Edward. Mores Irish Familes. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0).
    8. Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
    9. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
    10. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
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