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

Heaney Early Origins



The surname Heaney was 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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Heaney Spelling Variations


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Heaney Spelling Variations



The recording of names in Ireland in the Middle Ages was an inconsistent endeavor at best. The many regional dialects and the predominate illiteracy would have made common surnames appear unrelated to the scribes of the period. Research into the name Heaney revealed spelling variations, including Heaney, Heany, Hegney, Hegeany, Heagney, Heeney and others.

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Heaney Early History


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Heaney Early History



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

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Heaney Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Heaney Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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 Heaney:

Heaney Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Robert Heaney, who landed in New York in 1819
  • Charles Heaney, aged 21, arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1823
  • Thomas Heaney, who arrived in New York in 1835
  • Charles, Daniel, Hugh, James, John, Patrick, Samuel, and Thomas Heaney all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860

Heaney Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Mr. Michael Heaney, aged 40 who emigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Odessa" departing from the port of Dublin, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle In August 1847 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 33)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Heaney (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Heaney (post 1700)



  • Robert C. C. Heaney (b. 1906), American Republican politician, Treasurer of Michigan Republican Party, 1949-51; Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1952, 1956
  • Gerald Heaney, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Minnesota, 1952, 1960
  • George A. Heaney, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Hudson County, 1892
  • Daniel Heaney, American politician, Mayor of Rochester, Minnesota, 1869-70
  • Gerald William Heaney (b. 1918), American federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals
  • Charles Heaney (1897-1981), American photographer and painter
  • Harry Heaney, Emeritus Professor of Organic Chemistry
  • Seamus Justin Heaney (1939-2013), Irish winner of the 1995 Nobel Prize in Literature, Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize (1968), the E. M. Forster Award (1975), the PEN Translation Prize (1985), the Golden Wreath of Poetry (2001), T. S. Eliot Prize (2006) and two Whitbread Prizes (1996 and 1999)
  • Dermot Heaney (b. 1971), former Irish Gaelic footballer
  • Thomas Heaney (1888-1928), Australian rules footballer
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Heaney Family Crest Products


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Citations



  1. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 33)

Other References

  1. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
  2. O'Hart, John. Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4).
  3. MacLysaght, Edward. Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7).
  4. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
  5. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
  6. Read, Charles Anderson. The Cabinet of Irish Literature Selections from the Works of the Chief Poets, Orators and Prose Writers of Ireland 4 Volumes. London: Blackie and Son, 1884. Print.
  7. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  8. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  9. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
  10. Fitzgerald, Thomas W. Ireland and Her People A Library of Irish Biography 5 Volumes. Chicago: Fitzgerald. Print.
  11. ...

The Heaney Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Heaney 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.

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