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The surname derives from the Gaelic "O Catharnaigh," derived from the word "cearnach," meaning "warlike" or 'victorious'.

Kearny Early Origins



The surname Kearny was first found in County Meath (Irish: An Mhí) anciently part of the kingdom of Brega, located in Eastern Ireland, in the province of Leinster and County Clare where O'Kearney, were chiefs of Avon-Ui-Cearney or O'Kearney's River, a district about Six-Mile-Bridge, in the baronies of Tulla and Bunratty.

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Kearny Spelling Variations


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Kearny Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Carney, Kearney, O'Kearney, O'Carney and others.

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Kearny Early History


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Kearny Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kearny research. Another 466 words (33 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kearny History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Kearny Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Kearny Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Kearny 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



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kearny Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Robert Kearny, who arrived in Maryland in 1679

Kearny Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Larry Kearny, aged 34, landed in New York, NY in 1806
  • Mary Kearny, aged 30, arrived in New York, NY in 1806
  • Patrick Kearny, who landed in New York, NY in 1811
  • James Kearny, who landed in Maryland in 1815
  • John Kearny, who arrived in South Carolina in 1830

Kearny Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Catherine Kearny, aged 26, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the barque "Pallas" from Cork, Ireland
  • Jane Kearny, aged 20, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Perseus" in 1834
  • Mary Ann Kearny, aged 21, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Perseus" in 1834

Kearny Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Kearny, aged 29, a shoemaker, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Woodlark" in 1874
  • Catherine Kearny, aged 26, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Woodlark" in 1874
  • Mary Kearny, aged 3, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Woodlark" in 1874
  • Ellen Kearny, aged 3 months, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Woodlark" in 1874

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Contemporary Notables of the name Kearny (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Kearny (post 1700)



  • Warren Kearny, American Republican politician, U.S. Collector of Customs, 1932; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Louisiana, 1932 (alternate), 1936 (member, Committee to Notify Presidential Nominee), 1940, 1944
  • Lawrence Kearny, American politician, Mayor of Perth Amboy, New Jersey, 1848
  • Jo Ellen Kearny, American Democrat politician, Member, Credentials Committee, Democratic National Convention, 2008
  • J. Watts Kearny, American Republican politician, Postmaster at New Orleans, Louisiana, 1902-05
  • Stephen Watts Kearny (1794-1848), American General in the Mexican War, eponym of Fort Kearney, Nebraska
  • Cresson Kearny (1914-2003), author of Nuclear War Survival Skills
  • Lawrence Kearny (1789-1868), U.S. Navy officer and second cousin of Stephen W. Kearny
  • Philip Kearny (1815-1862), U.S. Army officer

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Sustine et abstine
Motto Translation: Sustain and abstain


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    2. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
    3. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    4. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
    5. 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.
    6. Vicars, Sir Arthur. Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    7. MacLysaght, Edward. Mores Irish Familes. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0).
    8. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1992. Print.
    9. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    10. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
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    The Kearny Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kearny 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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