Raney History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Raney is an ancient Scottish name that was first used by the Strathclyde-Briton people of the Scottish/English Borderlands. It is a name for someone who lived in county of Angus.
Early Origins of the Raney family
The surname Raney was first found in Angus (Gaelic: Aonghas), part of the Tayside region of northeastern Scotland, and present day Council Area of Angus, formerly known as Forfar or Forfarshire.
"The Ranys or Rennys were extensive owners of land in the district of Craig in Angus from the middle of the fifteenth century, and the Rennies of Usan were recognised as an old family. Symon Renny was bailie of Inverkeithing in 1362. John Rayny, pelliparius, was burgess of Stirling in 1436." 
Early History of the Raney family
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Raney Spelling Variations
In Medieval times, spelling and translation were not nearly so highly developed as today. They were generally carried out according to the sound and intuition of the bearer. For that reason spelling variations are extremely common among early Scottish names. Raney has been spelled Rayney, Rainy, Rainey, Rainnie, Rennie, Renny and many more.
Early Notables of the Raney family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Raney family to Ireland
Some of the Raney family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 59 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Raney migration to the United States +
Unrest, poverty, and persecution caused thousands to look for opportunity and freedom in the North American colonies. The crossing was long, overcrowded, and unsanitary, though, and came only at great expense. Many Strathclyde families settled on the east coast of North America in communities that would form the backbone of what would become the great nations of the United States and Canada. The American War of Independence caused those who remained loyal to England to move north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In the 20th century, Strathclyde and other Scottish families across North America began to recover their collective heritage through highland games and Clan societies. Among them:
Raney Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Tho Raney, who arrived in Virginia in 1696 
Raney Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- John Raney, who landed in Virginia in 1746 
Raney Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- David Raney, aged 31, who landed in Maryland in 1813 
- Benjamin Raney, aged 33, who arrived in New York in 1832 
- P Raney, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 
- James Raney, aged 24, who arrived in Alabama in 1858 
Contemporary Notables of the name Raney (post 1700) +
- Doug Raney (1956-2016), American jazz guitarist, son of Jimmy Raney
- Jimmy Raney (1927-1995), American jazz guitarist and father of Doug Raney
- Wayne Raney (1921-1993), American country singer
- Sue Raney (b. 1940), American jazz singer
- Murray Raney (1885-1966), American mechanical engineer
- Catherine Raney (b. 1980), American Olympic speed skater
- William Raney (1859-1933), Canadian lawyer, politician and judge
- John Raney Bertrand, American College President, Mount Berry, GA
Related Stories +
- ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
- ^ 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)