Heney History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the Heney family

The surname Heney 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.

Early History of the Heney family

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

Early Notables of the Heney family (pre 1700)

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United States Heney migration to the United States +

Irish families began to immigrate to British North America and the United States in the 18th century, but the greatest influx of Irish immigrants came during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. The earlier settlers came to North America after a great deal of consideration and by paying relatively high fees for their passage. These settlers were primarily drawn by the promise of land. Those later settlers that came during the 1840's were trying to escape the conditions of poverty, starvation, disease, and death that had stricken Ireland. Due to the enormity of their numbers and the late date of their arrival, these immigrants primarily became hired laborers instead of homesteading settlers like their predecessors. An exhaustive search of immigration and passenger lists has revealed many Irish immigrants North America bearing the name Heney:

Heney Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Patrick Heney, aged 21, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1734 [1]
Heney Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Heney, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844 [1]
  • Thomas Heney, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1846 [1]

Canada Heney migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Heney Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Josiah Heney U.E. (b. 1754) born in New Meadows, Maine, USA from Machias, Maine, USA who settled in Halifax, Nova Scotia c. 1779, then Deer Island, Charlotte County, New Brunswick in 1784 son of Archibald Heney he died in 1836, married to Anne Rigby they had 10 children [2]
  • Mr. Archibald Heney U.E. (b. 1732) born in Belfast, County Antrim, Ireland from Magebaggadeuse River, Massachusetts, USA who settled in Deer Island, West Isle, New Brunswick c. 1784 he died in 1821, married to Margaret Howard in 1754 they had 9 children [2]

Australia Heney migration to Australia +

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

Heney Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Hannah Heney, aged 23, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Flora" [3]
  • Janey Heney, aged 22, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Flora" [3]
  • Bridget Heney, aged 24, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Sea Park"
  • James Heney, aged 5, who arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "Escort"
  • Margaret Heney, aged 36, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "Escort"

New Zealand Heney 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:

Heney Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. David Heney, (b. 1832), aged 27, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Mary Anne" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 4th August 1859 [4]
  • Mrs. Eliza Heney, (b. 1834), aged 25, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Mary Anne" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 4th August 1859 [4]
  • Mr. James Heney, (b. 1851), aged 8, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Mary Anne" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 4th August 1859 [4]
  • Miss Jane Heney, (b. 1852), aged 7, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Mary Anne" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 4th August 1859 [4]
  • Mr. Thomas Heney, (b. 1856), aged 3, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Mary Anne" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 4th August 1859 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Heney (post 1700) +

  • Francis Joseph Heney (b. 1859), American politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1912; Progressive Candidate for U.S. Senator from California, 1914 [5]


  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. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. ^ South Australian Register Monday 9th April 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Flora 1855. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/flora1855.shtml
  4. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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