Rigney History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The roots of the name Rigney are found among the Strathclyde-Briton people of the ancient Scottish/English Borderlands. Rigney was originally found in De Reiney, or Rigny, in Champagne, France. "Hagebert de Rigneio, in 1101, witnessed a charter of the Bishop of Tulle, and may have been the same that possessed lands in Essex in 1086  Roger de Reigny witnessed a charter of Bishop Roger of Sarum, temp. Hen. I., and Robert de Reigny held five fees in Devon in 1165."  Newton-Reigny, in the Forest of Inglewood, was their seat in Cumberland. 
Early Origins of the Rigney family
The surname Rigney 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 recognized 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 Rigney family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rigney research. Another 187 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1526, 1572, 1592, 1798, 1402, 1409 and are included under the topic Early Rigney History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Rigney Spelling Variations
In the era before dictionaries, there were no rules governing the spelling or translation of names or any other words. Consequently, there are an enormous number of spelling variations in Medieval Scottish names. Rigney has appeared as Rayney, Rainy, Rainey, Rainnie, Rennie, Renny and many more.
Early Notables of the Rigney family (pre 1700)
More information is included under the topic Early Rigney Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
In the United States, the name Rigney is the 6,524th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. 
Migration of the Rigney family to Ireland
Some of the Rigney family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 124 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Rigney migration to the United States +
The freedom, opportunity, and land of the North American colonies beckoned. There, Scots found a place where they were generally free from persecution and where they could go on to become important players in the birth of new nations. Some fought in the American War of Independence, while others went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these Scottish settlers have been able to recover their lost national heritage in the last century through highland games and Clan societies in North America. Among them:
Rigney Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Edward Rigney, who landed in New York in 1824 
- Hugh Rigney, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1851 
- James Rigney, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 
Rigney migration to Canada +
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Rigney Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Mrs. Bridget Rigney, aged 43 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Clarendon" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in June 1847 
- Mr. John Rigney, aged 3 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Clarendon" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in May 1847 
- Mr. Thadeus Rigney who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Clarendon" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in 1847 
Rigney migration to Australia +
Emigration to Australia
followed the First Fleets
of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Rigney Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- William Rigney, aged 21, a blacksmith, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Dirigo" 
- James Rigney, aged 25, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Omega"
Contemporary Notables of the name Rigney (post 1700) +
- Dorothy Comiskey Rigney (d. 1971), American owner of the Chicago White Sox of the American League from 1956 through 1958
- Emory Elmo "Topper" Rigney (1897-1972), American Major League Baseball shortstop
- John Dungan Rigney (1914-1984), American Major League Baseball starting pitcher
- William "Bill" Joseph Rigney (1918-2001), American Major League Baseball infielder and manager
- Ed "Snowy" Rigney, Australian rugby league footballer
- Niall Rigney (b. 1969), Irish retired hurling manager and player
- Hubert Rigney (b. 1971), retired Irish sportsperson
- Frank Rigney (1936-2010), Canadian CFL offensive tackle for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, inductee into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame, 1985
Related Stories +
- ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
- ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
- ^ Cleveland, Dutchess of The Battle Abbey Roll with some Account of the Norman Lineages. London: John Murray, Abermarle Street, 1889. Print. Volume 3 of 3
- ^ 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)
- ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
- ^ 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)
- ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 53)
- ^ South Australian Register Thursday 23rd November 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Dirigo 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/dirigo1854.shtml.