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

McKearney Early Origins



The surname McKearney 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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McKearney Spelling Variations


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McKearney Spelling Variations



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

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McKearney Early History


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McKearney Early History



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

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McKearney Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McKearney Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early McKearney 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:

McKearney Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Kate McKearney, aged 30, who emigrated to the United States from Queenstown, in 1892
  • Mrs. Danl. McKearney, aged 48, who settled in America, in 1894

McKearney Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Mrs. M. McKearney, aged 40, who landed in America, in 1903
  • Henry McKearney, aged 28, who landed in America from Glasgow, in 1904
  • Ellen McKearney, aged 18, who emigrated to the United States from Crosstones, Armagh, in 1906
  • Annie McKearney, aged 20, who emigrated to the United States from Glasgow, in 1906
  • Jos McKearney, aged 27, who emigrated to the United States from Perth, in 1906
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

McKearney Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Patrick McKearney, aged 19, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Bee"

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Contemporary Notables of the name McKearney (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name McKearney (post 1700)



  • Tommy McKearney (b. 1952), Irish republican, socialist, and former hunger striker
  • Pádraig Oliver McKearney (1954-1987), Marxist-oriented Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) volunteer
  • Shamus McKearney (b. 1962), professional Australian Rules footballer
  • Dave McKearney (b. 1968), former English footballer

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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. McDonnell, Frances. Emigrants from Ireland to America 1735-1743 A Transcription of the report of the Irish House of Commons into Enforced emigration to America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1331-5).
    3. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
    4. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
    5. Kennedy, Patrick. Kennedy's Book of Arms. Canterbury: Achievements, 1967. Print.
    6. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    7. 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.
    8. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    9. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    11. ...

    The McKearney Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McKearney 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.

    This page was last modified on 13 September 2014 at 10:01.

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