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

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The surname Kerney 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.

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


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

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More information is included under the topic Early Kerney Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kerney Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • David Kerney, who arrived in Virginia in 1654

Kerney Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Anne Kerney, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746

Kerney Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Patrick Kerney, aged 27, landed in New York in 1812
  • William Kerney, aged 20, arrived in America in 1821
  • Michael Kerney, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844
  • Mary Kerney, who landed in New York in 1845

Kerney Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mathew Kerney lived in Harbour Grace in 1775 and also lived in St. John's, the Bay of Bulls, Mobile, and Carbonear, Newfoundland

Kerney Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Kerney arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Anna Maria" in 1849

Kerney Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Kerney, aged 30, a carpenter, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Slains Castle" in 1841
  • Ellen Kerney, aged 28, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Slains Castle" in 1841
  • Elizabeth Kerney, aged 2, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Slains Castle" in 1841
  • Anna M. Kerney, aged 4 months, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Slains Castle" in 1841
  • John Kerney landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1842
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  • Sally Kerney, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Hawaii, 1972
  • Robert L. Kerney, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Indiana, 2000
  • Kelley Kerney, American novelist
  • Patrick Manning Kerney (b. 1976), retired American NFL football defensive end
  • Leopold H. Kerney, first Irish Minister Plenipotentiary to be appointed to Spain (1935 to 1946)
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Kerney Historic Events



Empress of Ireland

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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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Citations



    Other References

    1. Johnson, Daniel F. Irish Emigration to New England Through the Port of Saint John, New Brunswick Canada 1841-1849. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield, 1996. Print.
    2. 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).
    3. O'Hart, John. Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4).
    4. Kennedy, Patrick. Kennedy's Book of Arms. Canterbury: Achievements, 1967. Print.
    5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    6. Tepper, Michael Ed & Elizabeth P. Bentley Transcriber. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Philadelphia 1800-1819. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1986. Print.
    7. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
    8. Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
    9. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    10. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
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    The Kerney Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kerney 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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