McHaney History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The Irish surnames in use today are underpinned by a multitude of rich histories. The name McHaney originally appeared in Gaelic as O hEighnigh.
Early Origins of the McHaney family
The surname McHaney 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.
Important Dates for the McHaney family
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McHaney Spelling Variations
The spelling of names in Ireland during the Middle Ages was rarely consistent. This inconsistency was due to the scribes and church officials' attempts to record orally defined names in writing. The common practice of recording names as they sounded resulted in spelling variations such as Heaney, Heany, Hegney, Hegeany, Heagney, Heeney and others.
Early Notables of the McHaney family (pre 1700)
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McHaney migration to the United States
The English-ruled Ireland of the late 18th and 19th centuries featured a rapidly increasing population and an agricultural-based economy. This combination proved to be disastrous in the 1840s after a couple of failed potato harvests. Thousands died of disease and starvation, and thousands more left the country, often bound for North America. Those that survived the journey to North America were put to work building the bridges, canals, roadways, and railways needed for the development of an industrial society. Those Irish, although often despised by those already established in North American cities and towns, played an instrumental role in making Canada and the United States the powerful and wealthy nations that they are today. An examination of early immigration and passenger lists has shown many immigrants bearing the name McHaney:
McHaney Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Dan McHaney, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1767 
McHaney Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Jane McHaney, aged 12, who arrived in New York in 1849 
- Matthew McHaney, aged 36, who landed in New York in 1849 
Contemporary Notables of the name McHaney (post 1700)
- James M. McHaney, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Arkansas, 1956 
- Hal McHaney, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Missouri, 1940 
- Flake McHaney, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Missouri, 1956 
- ^ 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)
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 22) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html