Heeney History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the Heeney family

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.

Important Dates for the Heeney family

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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.

Early Notables of the Heeney family (pre 1700)

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Heeney migration to the United States

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 [1]
  • Terence Heeney, who arrived in New York in 1828 [1]
  • Nicholas Heeney, who landed in Mississippi in 1867 [1]

Heeney migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Heeney Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Rose Heeney, aged 17, a servant, who arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Hudson" in 1879
  • Francis Heeney, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Triumph" in 1883
  • Rose Heeney, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Triumph" in 1883

Contemporary Notables of the name Heeney (post 1700)

  • Cornelius Heeney, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from New York County, 1816-22 [2]

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. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 12) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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