Show ContentsHartney History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Gaelic name used by the Hartney family in ancient Ireland was O hAthairne, which is possibly derived from the word athardha, which means paternal. [1]

Early Origins of the Hartney family

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

Early History of the Hartney family

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Hartney Spelling Variations

Scribes and church officials, lacking today's standardized spelling rules, recorded names by how they were pronounced. This imprecise guide often led to the misleading result of one person's name being recorded under several different spellings. Numerous spelling variations of the surname Hartney are preserved in documents of the family history. The various spellings of the name that were found include Harney, Hartney, O'Harney, Hartney, Harnedy, Harnet, Harnett, Hartnet, Hartnett, Haherny and many more.

Early Notables of the Hartney family (pre 1700)

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Canada Hartney migration to Canada +

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 Hartneys:

Hartney Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Burt Hartney, who settled in Canada in 1840

Australia Hartney migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Hartney Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Patrick Hartney, aged 36, a farm labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Navarino" [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Hartney (post 1700) +

  • Harold Evans Hartney (1888-1947), Canadian-born, World War I flying ace with the United States Army Air Service, recipient of American Distinguished Service Cross, French Legion d'Honneur and Croix de Guerre and the Italian Medal for Military Valor
  • Brendan Hartney, former Australian rules footballer
  • Jordan Davis Hartney (b. 1988), Canadian national swimmer

  1. Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York: Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  2. South Australian Register. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Navarino 1857. Retrieved on Facebook