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

Heeney Early Origins



The surname Heeney 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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Heeney Spelling Variations


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Heeney Spelling Variations



In the Middle Ages many people were recorded under different spellings each time their name was written down. Research on the Heeney family name revealed numerous spelling variations, including Heaney, Heany, Hegney, Hegeany, Heagney, Heeney and others.

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Heeney Early History


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Heeney Early History



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

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Heeney Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Heeney Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Heeney 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



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 Heeneys:

Heeney Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Frances Heeney, who arrived in New York in 1828
  • Terence Heeney, who arrived in New York in 1828
  • Nicholas Heeney, who landed in Mississippi in 1867

Heeney Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Rose Heeney, aged 17, a servant, arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Hudson" in 1879
  • Francis Heeney arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Triumph" in 1883
  • Rose Heeney arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Triumph" in 1883

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Contemporary Notables of the name Heeney (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Heeney (post 1700)



  • Cornelius Heeney, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from New York County, 1816-22

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
    2. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    3. Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
    4. Hickey, D.J. and J.E. Doherty. A New Dictionary of Irish History form 1800 2nd Edition. Dublin: Gil & MacMillian, 2003. Print.
    5. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    6. Tepper, Michael Ed & Elizabeth P. Bentley Transcriber. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Philadelphia 1800-1819. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1986. Print.
    7. Fitzgerald, Thomas W. Ireland and Her People A Library of Irish Biography 5 Volumes. Chicago: Fitzgerald. Print.
    8. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    9. MacLysaght, Edward. Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7).
    10. Woodham-Smith, Cecil. The Great Hunger Ireland 1845-1849. New York: Old Town Books, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-385-3).
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    The Heeney Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Heeney 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.

    This page was last modified on 12 November 2015 at 11:28.

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