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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 county of Angus.

Rigney Early Origins



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, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

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Rigney Spelling Variations


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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.

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Rigney Early History


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Rigney Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rigney research. Another 174 words (12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rigney History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Rigney Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Rigney Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Rigney Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Rigney In Ireland


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Rigney In 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.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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 Ameri ca. 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 Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Rigney, aged 21, a blacksmith, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Dirigo"
  • James Rigney, aged 25, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Omega"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Rigney (post 1700)


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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

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
    2. Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
    3. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    4. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    5. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry Including American Families with British Ancestry 2 Volumes. London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    6. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    7. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    8. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    9. Fairbairn,. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    10. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
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    The Rigney Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rigney 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 28 January 2015 at 16:06.

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