McCarney History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Irish name McCarney has a long Gaelic heritage to its credit. Generally, the original Gaelic form of the name McCarney is said to be O Cearnaigh, from the word "cearnach," which means "victorious." However, in some instances, especially the roots of the present day spelling of Kearney, the surname derives from the Gaelic "O Catharnaigh," meaning "warlike."

Early Origins of the McCarney family

The surname McCarney was first found in County Mayo (Irish: Maigh Eo) located on the West coast of the Republic of Ireland in the province of Connacht, where they held a family seat from ancient times and were a branch of the Ui Fiachrach.

Early History of the McCarney family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McCarney research. Another 230 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1199 and 1721 are included under the topic Early McCarney History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McCarney Spelling Variations

Irish names were rarely spelled consistently in the Middle Ages. Spelling variations of the name McCarney dating from that time include Carney, Carnie, McCarney, MacCarney, O'Carney, Kearney and many more.

Early Notables of the McCarney family (pre 1700)

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McCarney migration to the United States

The 19th century saw a great wave of Irish families leaving Ireland for the distant shores of North America and Australia. These families often left their homeland hungry, penniless, and destitute do to the policies of England. Those Irish immigrants that survived the long sea passage initially settled on the eastern seaboard of the continent. Some, however, moved north to a then infant Canada as United Empire Loyalists after ironically serving with the English in the American War of Independence. Others that remained in America later joined the westward migration in search of land. The greatest influx of Irish immigrants, though, came to North America during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Thousands left Ireland at this time for North America, and those who arrived were immediately put to work building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. In fact, the foundations of today's powerful nations of the United Sates and Canada were to a larger degree built by the Irish. Archival documents indicate that members of the McCarney family relocated to North American shores quite early:

McCarney Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Richard McCarney, who arrived in Virginia in 1715 [1]
  • Michael McCarney, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1763 [1]
McCarney Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Daniel McCarney, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1844 [1]


  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)
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