Irish names tend to vary widely in their spelling and overall form. The original Gaelic form of the name Swanney is Mac Suibhne, which is derived from the word "suibhne," which means "pleasant."
Early Origins of the Swanney family
The surname Swanney was first found in County Donegal
(Irish: Dún na nGall), northwest Ireland
in the province of Ulster
, sometimes referred to as County Tyrconnel. The name is derived from Suibhne O'Neill, who was a chieftain
in Argyll, Scotland
. His descendants migrated to Ireland
as gallowglasses (mercenaries) prior to 1267. The three great septs of this name finally established themselves in Tirconnell in 14th century; they were known as MacSweeney Fanad, MacSweeney Banagh, and MacSweeney na dTuath, who were commonly referred to as 'MacSweeney of the Battleaxes.' They later became attached to the MacCarthys in the south and acquired their own territories and castles in Muskerry in County Cork.
Early History of the Swanney family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Swanney research.Another 137 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1299 and 1310 are included under the topic Early Swanney History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Swanney Spelling Variations
Names from the Middle Ages demonstrate many spelling variations
. This is because the recording scribe or church official often decided as to how a person's name was spelt and in what language. Research into the name Swanney revealed many variations, including MacSweeney, MacSweeny, MacSwine, MacSwiney, MacSwyne, MacSwyny, MacWhinney, MacWhinny, MacWhinnie, MacSwiny, McSweeney, Swiney, Swinney and many more.
Early Notables of the Swanney family (pre 1700)
Prominent amongst the family at this time was John MacSween, a 13th-14th century nobleman who lost his lands in Scotland
after the defeat of the forces and death of Alexander Og MacDonald, Lord of Islay
in 1299. In... Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Swanney Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Swanney family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Swanney Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Peter Swanney, aged 22, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Omega" CITATION[CLOSE]
South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) OMEGA 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/omega1852.shtml