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Irish names tend to vary widely in their spelling and overall form. The original Gaelic form of the name Sweeny is Mac Suibhne, which is derived from the word "suibhne," which means "pleasant."

Sweeny Early Origins



The surname Sweeny 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.

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Sweeny Spelling Variations


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Sweeny Spelling Variations



Those scribes in Ireland during the Middle Ages recorded names as they sounded. Consequently, in this era many people were recorded under different spellings each time their name was written down. Research on the Sweeny family name revealed numerous spelling variations, including MacSweeney, MacSweeny, MacSwine, MacSwiney, MacSwyne, MacSwyny, MacWhinney, MacWhinny, MacWhinnie, MacSwiny, McSweeney, Swiney, Swinney and many more.

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Sweeny Early History


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Sweeny Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sweeny research. Another 137 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1299 and 1310 are included under the topic Early Sweeny History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Sweeny Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Sweeny Early Notables (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 Sweeny 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



During the 19th century thousands of impoverished Irish families made the long journey to British North America and the United States. These people were leaving a land that had become beset with poverty, lack of opportunity, and hunger. In North America, they hoped to find land, work, and political and religious freedoms. Although the majority of the immigrants that survived the long sea passage did make these discoveries, it was not without much perseverance and hard work: by the mid-19th century land suitable for agriculture was short supply, especially in British North America, in the east; the work available was generally low paying and physically taxing construction or factory work; and the English stereotypes concerning the Irish, although less frequent and vehement, were, nevertheless, present in the land of freedom, liberty, and equality for all men. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. Research into passenger and immigration lists has brought forth evidence of the early members of the Sweeny family in North America:

Sweeny Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Girlugh Sweeny, who landed in Maryland in 1678

Sweeny Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Connel Sweeny, who landed in New York, NY in 1811
  • Prudence Sweeny, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811
  • Richard Sweeny, aged 38, landed in New York in 1812
  • Myles Sweeny, aged 27, landed in New York in 1812
  • Philip Sweeny, who landed in New York, NY in 1812
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Sweeny Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Bryan Sweeny U.E. who settled in St. Andrews, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Sweeny Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Charles Sweeny, who arrived in Canada in 1812
  • Thomas Sweeny, who arrived in Canada in 1812
  • John Sweeny, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1831
  • Daniel Sweeny, aged 24, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Billow" in 1833
  • James Sweeny, aged 25, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Ambassador" in 1834
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Sweeny Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James Sweeny, English convict from Staffordshire, who was transported aboard the "Agincourt" on July 6, 1844, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 24) Agincourt voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1844 with 226 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/agincourt/1844
  • Ellen Sweeny, aged 23, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Grand Trianon"
  • Elizabeth Sweeny, aged 19, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Aliquis"
  • Catherine Sweeny, aged 23, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Glentanner"
  • Jane Sweeny, aged 25, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Glentanner"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Sweeny Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Alfred Sweeny arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jura" in 1861
  • Bertha Sweeny arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jura" in 1861
  • Ethelbert Sweeny arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jura" in 1861
  • Michael Sweeny, aged 35, a labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Reiherstieg" in 1864
  • Catherine Sweeny, aged 35, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Reiherstieg" in 1864
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Sweeny (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Sweeny (post 1700)



  • Ordinary Seaman Robert Augustus Sweeny (1853-1890), American sailor and two-time Medal of Honor recipient
  • Major General Charles W. Sweeny (1919-2004), American pilot who flew the "Fat Man" atomic bomb to Nagasaki
  • Bob Sweeny (1918-1992), American actor, director and producer of radio, television and film
  • Alison Sweeny (b. 1976), American television actress
  • Ciarán Sweeny (b. 1971), Irish designer, producer, broadcaster, and writer
  • Claire Jane Sweeny (b. 1971), English actress, singer, and television personality

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Citations


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  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 24) Agincourt voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1844 with 226 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/agincourt/1844

Other References

  1. Fitzgerald, Thomas W. Ireland and Her People A Library of Irish Biography 5 Volumes. Chicago: Fitzgerald. Print.
  2. Kennedy, Patrick. Kennedy's Book of Arms. Canterbury: Achievements, 1967. Print.
  3. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
  4. Heraldic Scroll and Map of Family names and Origins of Ireland. Dublin: Mullins. Print.
  5. Woulfe, Rev. Patrick. Irish Names and Surnames Collected and Edited with Explanatory and Historical Notes. Kansas City: Genealogical Foundation, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-940134-403).
  6. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of Ireland. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1969. Print.
  7. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  8. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  9. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  10. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
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