Kerney History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the Kerney family

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.

Important Dates for the Kerney family

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Kerney Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Kerney family (pre 1700)

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Kerney migration to the United States

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 [1]
Kerney Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Anne Kerney, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746 [1]
Kerney Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Patrick Kerney, aged 27, who landed in New York in 1812 [1]
  • William Kerney, aged 20, who arrived in America in 1821 [1]
  • Michael Kerney, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844 [1]
  • Mary Kerney, who landed in New York in 1845 [1]

Kerney migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

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 [2]

Kerney migration to Australia

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

Kerney Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Kerney, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Anna Maria" in 1849 [3]

Kerney 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:

Kerney Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • John Kerney, aged 30, a carpenter, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Slains Castle" in 1841
  • Ellen Kerney, aged 28, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Slains Castle" in 1841
  • Elizabeth Kerney, aged 2, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Slains Castle" in 1841
  • Anna M. Kerney, aged 4 months, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Slains Castle" in 1841
  • Mr. John Kerney, (b. 1810), aged 30, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Slains Castle" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 25th January 1841 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Kerney (post 1700)

  • Kelley Kerney, American novelist
  • Patrick Manning Kerney (b. 1976), retired American NFL football defensive end
  • Sally Kerney, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Hawaii, 1972 [5]
  • Robert L. Kerney, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Indiana, 2000 [5]
  • Leopold H. Kerney, first Irish Minister Plenipotentiary to be appointed to Spain (1935 to 1946)

Historic Events for the Kerney family

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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. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The ANNA MARIA 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849AnnaMaria.htm
  4. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 6) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  6. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
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