Hartny History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The Gaelic name used by the Hartny family in ancient Ireland was O hAthairne, which is possibly derived from the word athardha, which means paternal. 
Early Origins of the Hartny family
The surname Hartny 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 Hartny family
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Hartny Spelling Variations
In the Middle Ages many people were recorded under different spellings each time their name was written down. Research on the Hartny family name revealed numerous spelling variations, including Harney, Hartney, O'Harney, Hartney, Harnedy, Harnet, Harnett, Hartnet, Hartnett, Haherny and many more.
Early Notables of the Hartny family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hartny family
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 Hartnys: Edward Harnet settled in Salem Massachusetts in 1640; and he was reported from "suffering from favouring the Quakers"; James, Ann, John, Patrick and William Harnet all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860.
- Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York: Harper & Row, 1956. Print