Heany History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the Heany family

The surname Heany 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.

Important Dates for the Heany family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Heany research. Another 91 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Heany History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Heany Spelling Variations

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 Heany family name include Heaney, Heany, Hegney, Hegeany, Heagney, Heeney and others.

Early Notables of the Heany family (pre 1700)

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Heany migration to the United States

The 19th century saw a great wave of Irish migrating out of their homeland in a great measure due to the oppressive imperial policies of the English government and landowners. Many of these Irish families sailed to North America aboard overcrowded passenger ships. By far, the largest influx of Irish immigrants to North America occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. These particular immigrants were instrumental in creation of the United States and Canada as major industrial nations because the many essential elements such as the roadways, canals, bridges, and railways required an enormous quantity of cheap labor, which these poor immigrants provided. Later generations of Irish in these countries also went on to make valuable contributions in such fields as the arts, commerce, politics, and education. Extensive research into immigration and passenger lists has revealed many early immigrants bearing the name Heany:

Heany Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Francis Heany, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816 [1]
  • Hugh Heany, who landed in New York in 1836 [1]
  • Patrick Heany, who arrived in New York in 1841 [1]
  • Bernard, James, John, Mathew, Nicholas, and Phillip Heany, who arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860

Heany migration to Australia

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

Heany Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Anne Heany, aged 22, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Confiance" [2]
  • Patrick Heany, aged 24, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Stamboul"
  • Thomas Heany, aged 23, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Stamboul"

Contemporary Notables of the name Heany (post 1700)

  • James N. Heany, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from Michigan 17th District, 1962 [3]

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Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ South Australian Register Wednesday 13th September 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Confiance 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/confiance1854.shtml.
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 2) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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